A country of bar and hammocks

It is clear that we are not Alaska or Greenland. Neither Canada or Finland. Not even Germany. It is clear that if it snows out of the ordinary, this country is not used to it. As we have also verified that if this phenomenon is unusual, it occurs in the richest city in the country, with more material and human resources, and with a regional government that has so much money left over that it does not stop taxation, as there is no answer to the height of the circumstances.

According to experts, to fight with guarantees against snowfalls like the ones that are being suffered in much of the peninsula, two things are needed: sufficient means and a civic culture on how to act. The first is solved with a budget, but the second requires time. Long time.

It is of little use to have tons of salt prepared, dozens of snow plows and quintuple the number of soldiers of the Military Emergency Unit if, at the first change and with the first flakes, people go out happily to ski on the asphalt or stay for multitudinous snowball wars. Because then the falls, the fractures, the injuries, the collapse of the hospital emergencies will arrive … and to all that we add that the risk of contagion by coronavirus covid-19 is increasing as social distance disappears.

Neither can a snowfall be resolved by taking a shovel who does not know how to use it. When that happens, the only thing that is guaranteed is kidney pain.

What is becoming evident is that we are a country of hammocks and bar counters, in other words with all respect for the hotel and tourism industry. I suppose that a citizen of Alaska or Greenland is subjected to two days of haze, surely he will believe he will die under the suspended dust. Well, three-quarters of the same thing happens with this.

There is no shortage of those who warn that with climate change, it is necessary to get used to this type of phenomenon, since the risk of their recurrence more frequently increases notably. And it will surely be so. In that case, all the more reason to adapt culture and lifestyle to that reality.

In Japan, for example, from a young age, they learn in the classroom what to do in case of an earthquake. This explains why when they arrive, the number of victims is relatively lower than in other places.

Let’s learn from others, open our eyes and assume that the world changes.


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