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Ognuno ha i suoi tempi: come ho fatto i conti con la depressione climatica

Di questi tempi ci preoccupiamo per molte cose, ma credo che il cambiamento climatico sia l’argomento principale che dobbiamo impegnarci a cambiare e influenzare.
Hungary, Eastern Europe

Story by Lilla Csordás. Translated by Maria Grazia Calarco
Published on January 16, 2023.

This story is also available in GB ar



Non ricordo esattamente quando è cominciata, ma sono passati ormai diversi anni. L’ho notato dapprima in alcuni articoli di giornale, poi i mezzi di comunicazione hanno cominciato a interessarsi all’argomento, e i movimenti di protesta hanno iniziato a guadagnare popolarità. Greta Thunberg ha fatto la sua comparsa, e il suo invito all’azione rivolto alle persone comuni e ai leader politici ha colpito nel segno, mettendoci in guardia sulle conseguenze delle nostre azioni se non agiamo subito.

Mi sono chiesta: è questa la nostra realtà futura? È questo ciò che ci aspetta? Potremo vivere felici la nostra vecchiaia, con i nostri nipoti che scorrazzano in giro? La mia mente si riempie di immagini di scarsità d’acqua, siccità, uragani, e la fine di tutto.

Questa è una breve istantanea sulla mia depressione climatica che continua a intensificarsi. Temo che un giorno finiremo sommersi dalla stessa immondizia che abbiamo prodotto.

Mi sento frustrata all’idea che così tante persone non siano nemmeno a conoscenza di questo problema, o che semplicemente non se ne preoccupino. Continuiamo a consumare senza misura, solo perché possiamo farlo. Non teniamo conto delle conseguenze. Penso che questa realtà dovrebbe preoccuparci: semplicemente non c’è più tempo.

Di questi tempi ci preoccupiamo per molte cose, ma credo che il cambiamento climatico sia l’argomento principale che dobbiamo impegnarci a cambiare e influenzare. Il cambiamento climatico e il consumo eccessivo sono questioni presenti nelle nostre vite di tutti i giorni. Se ne discute in ufficio, e nelle chiacchierate con gli amici e la famiglia. Discutiamo di quello che stiamo facendo e di come possiamo fare di più, e posso solo sperare che queste conversazioni portino a qualche cambiamento. Ho insegnato ai miei genitori come modificare le loro abitudini quotidiane e ho convinto il mio fidanzato a non mangiare pesce. Sono piccoli accorgimenti che spero possano fare la differenza.

Provo rabbia quando qualcuno chiede: “Perché dovrei cambiare le mie attuali ‘cattive’ abitudini?”, e sostiene che solo le grandi aziende possono apportare un cambiamento significativo e che i politici possono rivolvere il problema con le leggi.

Certo, capisco che siamo solo piccoli ingranaggi in una macchina enorme. Tuttavia, credo che partendo da piccoli passi si possano generare grandi cambiamenti. Ecco perché faccio dei sacrifici nella mia vita di tutti i giorni. Sono disposta a comprare prodotti più costosi ma che non danneggino l’ambiente in cui vivo. Ho rinunciato ad alcuni alimenti, nel mio interesse e nell’interesse di tutti. Penso che queste siano scelte che chiunque possa fare. Un mio caro amico che conduce una vita a “zero sprechi” mi ha insegnato come rendere la mia casa più sostenibile, cambiando le mie abitudini riguardo la spesa, i trasporti, etc. Insieme abbiamo trovato molte soluzioni alternative che sono disponibili nella vita quotidiana di tutti noi.

Ovviamente, è comodo che nei negozi tutto sia disponibile in pratiche confezioni, in modo da poter fare la spesa in un solo posto e non dover raggiungere a piedi altri negozi a mezzo chilometro di distanza. Oggi ci sembra una seccatura andare al lavoro in bicicletta, rinunciare alla Nutella nei pancake oppure (non sia mai!) smettere di consumare grandi quantità di salmone e di tonno. Penso sia importante ricordare che i nostri nonni sono cresciuti senza tutte queste comodità, eppure credo che siano venuti su bene.

Nel complesso, provo rabbia, tristezza, e, più precisamente, ansia. Quale sarà il destino dei miei figli, il destino del nostro bellissimo pianeta?

Sono sempre alla ricerca di modi per fare di più e per consumare di meno per il bene dell’ambiente. Non dovremmo tutti pensarci un po' di più?


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Lilla Csordás

Lilla Csordás

Lilla (26) is currently starting her career as a freelance photographer in Hungary. She loves nature and goes for long walks in the forest, usually taking her camera and taking pictures of beautiful landscapes. She guesses this is also a reason why she became more conscious about our surroundings. Though she didn’t study environmentalism or anything related to the topic, she experienced the issue in her own space and time. She is a big fan of farmers markets, zero waste shops, and all shorts of D.I.Y. solutions to consume less, and tries to spread the word in her family as well.

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