Practicing from the Heart in the age of Technology - All articles and poems are by Reza Ghadimi, unless otherwise noted.
On a nature documentary, awhile back, a couple of male zebras were shown fighting over their territory. They were so engrossed in fighting each other they did not notice lions stalking them, and ended up losing both their lives.
The new and ongoing military and political aggression around the world, reminds me so much of that grim and egotistic encounter. The most dangerous and life-threatening issue in our world today, is climate change. Yet the world's arrogant, narcissistic, and hostile leaders are completely ignoring this grave danger, playing the blame-game, and fighting each other for nonsensical issues. Yesterday's emergency meeting of the UN General Assembly, and the speed by which, the world countries reached consensus on condemning Russia's aggression was encouraging, to say the least. Hopefully, it says that the world is tired of the belligerencies of superpowers and is not going to put up with them anymore.
These hostilities add to the already intolerable refugee crisis around the world. According to The UN Refugee Agency, by the end of 2020, 82.4 million people worldwide were forcibly displaced. The new war in Ukraine is attracting much attention and everyone is talking about the refugees from that country. As unfortunate and inhumane, as this is, it must be remembered that the Ukrainian refugees are not replacing the other displaced people. They are joining them, exasperating an already dire situation.
As the climate change overtakes island countries and low laying ocean front communities, more people will be displaced, and this time, they will have no physical home to return to. By some estimates, more than half a billion people could lose their home with the rising seawater. Add to that, all who will be displaced by drought, deforestation, increased fires, floods and storms, and well over a billion could get affected. That will make the job of healthcare providers many times more challenging than Covid did. We must beware the lions of climate change, for they are stalking us and getting very close!