These days, on many websites, there are articles like this one taken from Indipendent.
“‘High likelihood of human civilization coming to end’ by 2050, report finds”
We refer you to the article itself to read the details of the apocalyptic scenario that lies ahead for all of humanity if something is not done within a decade.
An alarming analysis by researchers at the Australian National Center for Climate Restoration outlines a scenario in which global warming will exceed three degrees Celsius by 2050, triggering fatal alterations of the global ecosystem and colossal migrations from at least a billion people.
A scenario to say the least apocalyptic, which forces us to question ourselves about the future.
What will become of us, our families, our children, our work?
How will we live?Will it be still possible to live according to the models of economy and consumption that we use today?
Will we be able to travel, work, simply live like today?
And if we are given the luck (?) To live what our life will be like?
Millions of people will be forced to flee the arid areas, the products of the agriculture will be scarce …
Urgent remedies and actions like those of Greta Thunberg should be those of each of us. because the small actions of a few individuals are not enough. It takes a drastic change on a global political level.
But what does all this have to do with low vision?
In some respects the situation is similar to a diagnosis of Retinitis Pigmentosa. or any other degenerative disease.
You will slowly lose your sight.
In an indefinite future in 30 years you may be blind.
Isn’t it more or less the same thing?
Life as you live now will not be the same. The things you can do now can no longer do and in the worst case scenario you will be in the dark.
Slowly you will have to change your life patterns, adapt to the new condition of vision and continue to change habits. Continuous adaptation.
In some respects the visually impaired will have an advantage, since they already know what it means to continue to change their lifestyle.
Now, if those who read these apocalyptic articles do not hide their heads in the sand, perhaps they will be able to experience firsthand the same feelings of a low vision diagnosis.
But there is a difference.
Retinitis Pigmentosa, as well as other degenerative diseases, has no cure.
We must resign ourselves to the inevitable and accept it.
While the climatic apocalypse can be averted.
On the one hand we should all do as Greta and go on strike before the Parliaments of our countries.
On the other hand we must change our daily models
Or it will also be our fault.
Here are some suggestions
Buy local and seasonal fruit and vegetables, organic, reduce or eliminate meat and dairy products that come from industrial farms, reduce the superfluous, choose renewable energy (if we have no room for solar panels on the roof, we can become members of renewable energy cooperatives entering the market). If we want to change house, we prefer the used, the restructuring, avoiding to cement fertile land.
We avoid the disposable for every action of our life, from birthday parties to baby diapers, always preferable to the compostable and reusable. At national and global level, we call for the elimination of fossil fuel infrastructures and related incentives. We must move towards a feminist and regenerative economy, which allows us to reconcile work, care and respect for the environment. Fundamental is also the support to the agroecology of farmers and food sovereignty, respect for the vital ecosystems of the planet, especially forests, integrating the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities.