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This world is mo­re and mo­re upsi­de down. We can cor­ro­bo­ra­te tho­se who li­ved in the last de­ca­des of the twen­ti­eth cen­tury and al­most two de­ca­des of the XXI. We are no lon­ger a small hu­man world on a lar­ge pla­net, but a gre­at world on a small pla­net, as sci­en­tists warn un­he­ard. We fa­ce the worst ex­tinc­ti­on of wild ani­mals sin­ce the ti­me of the di­no­saurs, in only half a cen­tury of the many that has li­ved the pla­net Earth.

Every na­tu­ral phe­no­me­non is mo­re de­vas­ta­ting at any of the four car­di­nal points, and even the se­a­sons of the cli­ma­te mo­ve everyw­he­re. It is not only that gla­ci­ers are mel­ting, the sa­me in the cen­ter of Eu­ro­pe as in the North Po­le. Ri­vers and lakes are al­so the most af­fec­ted ha­bi­tats, due to ex­ces­si­ve wa­ter with­drawal and po­llu­ti­on. Hu­ma­nity is com­ple­tely de­pen­dent on na­tu­re –even when the di­gi­tal world can si­mu­la­te the op­po­si­te– both to con­su­me cle­an air, wa­ter, and fo­od, than to ins­pi­ra­ti­on and hap­pi­ness.

Along with cli­ma­te chan­ge, the co­llapse of wild­li­fe is the most sig­ni­fi­cant sign of a new ge­o­lo­gi­cal age in which hu­mans do­mi­na­te the pla­net: it is ca­lled the Anth­ro­po­ce­ne. It is the con­clu­si­on of the "Li­ving Pla­net Re­port 2016" re­port on the he­alth of our pla­net and the im­pact of hu­man ac­ti­vity. It is the sci­en­tists who sta­te: "If we lo­se bi­o­di­ver­sity sup­port sys­tems, the na­tu­ral world, as we know it to­day, will co­llapse."

That is the fun­da­men­tal re­a­son why an art and cul­tu­re ma­ga­zi­ne emp­ha­si­zes the co­e­xis­ten­ce of tou­rism, sus­tai­na­ble de­ve­lop­ment and the strug­gle for bi­o­di­ver­sity in the Ga­la­pa­gos Is­lands, re­mo­ved from the list of the world's en­dan­ge­red he­ri­ta­ge. Or that in 2017 we should high­light the self-sa­cri­fi­cing work of de­cla­ring Rum­ba, Car­ni­val of Ca­llao and Me­ren­gue in La­tin Ame­ri­ca as In­tan­gi­ble He­ri­ta­ge of Hu­ma­nity, re­cog­ni­zed by Unes­co du­ring its ses­si­ons in Ad­dis Aba­ba, Et­hi­o­pia.

And it is that we must con­ti­nue to de­fend the his­to­ri­cal me­mory, the sen­se of our spe­ci­es on this pla­net. En­han­ce the gre­at and the be­au­ti­ful that man cre­a­tes about him. It is no lon­ger an op­ti­on to do as tho­se three monkeys, sup­po­sedly wi­se to use their hands to not lis­ten, not to ob­ser­ve, not to say ...

Let's do so­met­hing mo­re every day, howe­ver small, to ke­ep li­fe ali­ve on this Earth, which is the soil we in­ha­bit. Let us te­ach to de­fend in our ac­ti­ons mot­her na­tu­re, the right to the di­ver­sity of tho­se who in­ha­bit it, the ab­sur­dity of tho­se who claim to do­mi­na­te through war. You can tell us that hu­man li­fe will on­ce li­ve in anot­her ga­laxy, but in the me­an­ti­me let's fa­ce it, we al­re­ady li­ve on a pla­net. Wit­hin it, our pe­o­ples and their na­ti­ons must li­ve to­get­her on the ba­sis of mu­tu­al res­pect.

It is,now mo­re than ever,the duty of art and cul­tu­re to make everyo­ne awa­re that our own des­truc­ti­on must be stop­ped in ti­me as a hu­man spe­ci­es.

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