Santiago’s Mourning

Because of ten years of drought, plants are dying around Santiago (Chile) area. It is true. We see the yellow and thin leaves on low shrubs. A biologist we met today says the drought has made the ecological process irreversible. She is so firm about the miserable future of the vegetation. It seems not only global climate change has crossed the threshold, but the local ecosystem also lost the chance to be restored. Isn’t resilience just another myth?

When scientists say there is nothing we could do to reverse the trajectory of the apocalypse, will humanities see some hope, both at a local level or on a global scale?

When I see the eastern Andes mountains without greenness, I miss the vegetation on my South mountain.

Santiago is weeping. I hope people here could work things out, economically, politically, and ecologically.

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