Two children in the Australian town of Marble Bar, known for its particularly warm climate. According to a number of studies, temperatures in Australia are rising faster than in the rest of the world


© Matthew Abbott / The New York Times


The billions of atoms that make up our bodies, together with those that shape the infinite forms of the Earth, all derive from the explosion of distant stars, giving birth to new stars and planets. And from the moment life appeared, it began to change incessantly, branching out into different forms, like a tree with many branches, all different, but all united at the base by a common history. Change is therefore a constant variable in the universe, but it needs the right amount of time.
Today’s society is growing at an ever faster rate. Every year, the population is increasing by 80 million people, while 12 million die because of pollution. At the same time, the number of transistors (the fundamental component of electrical circuits) produced far exceeds the number of stars in the Milky Way and over 30 billion tonnes of CO2 are released into the atmosphere.
The balance of the ecosystem is being challenged by the speed at which all this is happening and one of the consequences is an increase in the average temperature of about one degree since pre-industrial times. One degree may seem like a harmless difference, something hard for us to actually feel for ourselves, but it has triggered melting of the ice and an increase in extreme phenomena such as hurricanes and droughts. One degree has been the price we have paid for the progress achieved in our race. A race which must continue, but now in harmony and with respect for our planet.
Perhaps the time has come to slow down, look around and appreciate the responsibility we also have towards the other life forms that share this home, without forgetting how lucky we are to be here. Paradise is right now, but will not last for ever.

Matteo Schiavinato