nature shows

A few days ago, it was announced that this year would be added to the previous ones in the classification of unusually dry or moderate drought years, an assessment made after a short winter and early spring that subjected those of us living in this region to stress , resulting from the lack of rain and the hotter days, and suddenly, because it seems like this, it rains with a certain intensity and we are flooded in the cities, the rivers threaten to restore their beds because the dams cannot stop their flows. Nature shows itself and gives us a message that grabs our attention.

Time doesn’t seem to follow the same patterns we’re used to seeing. Of course, climate changes because the patterns that governed it during the last period it was determined (it takes 30 years to determine the climate of a place) change: precipitation tends to decrease and temperature to is rising, indicating that we are facing a climate transition that presents us with possible new scenarios where the average 240mm of rainfall per year is likely to decrease, but in the meantime we are presented with the typical torrential summer rains, although it also rains in other dates with precipitation volumes different from previous years to what we defined as “atypical” weather events.

This is also observed in the temperature, there are more and more days in which the thermometer shows 40 degrees and more, and May is not only the hottest month, July surpasses the previous data, a phenomenon that we also qualify as “atypical”. If we are in fact in a climate transition, these “irregularities” in the climate may be indicators that it is changing, so that we must not only change our perception of it, but also adapt our lifestyles to such changes.

But the change is not only in perceptions, if we consider that these are the immediate and everyday ways in which we base our understanding of the environment that surrounds us, in which we live, we must also change our vision of this environment, that it is the future a scenario we want compared to the possibilities we have to live in it. If we are desert dwellers, the problem is not to conquer it, as is said in that erroneous slogan that we repeat without reflecting what it means, because the reality is that we must understand that living in dry zones implies a limited availability of water and high or extreme temperatures and therefore our adaptation must include taking care of the scarce water we have and not extracting more from nature than it offers or being inefficient in its use, something that characterizes us lagoon people.

By showing nature in its dry form, it tells us that it is there and that our lives depend on how we treat it, that we must change this perception and wrong vision that we have of it, that we avoid the violence with which we relate to that which is disruptive in that we seek a more harmonious way to connect and live with this environment not only in the present but also in the future. Ignoring this message will cost us, as it happens when we dump or invade riverbeds, destroy ecosystems and natural habitats, including those we have declared protected, as is the case with La Laguna, with Canyon Fernandez and other island protected spaces we also disrespect due to omission or ignorance.

Living in the desert implies adapting our economy and domestic life to the available natural resources, not taking too much water from aquifers or thinking about transferring it from other basins in the name of economic growth, which ultimately becomes a fiction. because it causes ecological imbalances that will cost us in the near future, as is the case in this region when future water supplies are depleted by overexploitation of aquifers. There is no need to do it and to do it without correcting it, as we lagoons resist the stabilization of these depleted aquifers, shows us as unfinished inhabitants of these parts, who have not understood where and why we live, unable to build a better future for the short-term vision we have for development.

We have to change this vision, it is possible because we have been able to build the one we have in our short life as a region, as its inhabitants. This is mainly in the life of the current generations and especially the future ones, of the lagoons.

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