Faced with the threat of climate change, we urgently need to deploy renewable energy sources and reduce consumption. Among the different renewable energy sources is offshore wind power, which has experienced a boom in the North and Baltic Seas. However, we cannot directly import the northern sea models to the Mediterranean as it has a thinner and more heterogeneous continental shelf and a higher proportion of threatened species and habitats than Europe’s northern seas.
We live in an era of confusion and discord. Just when the pandemic seemed to be letting up, the monster of war awakened. War is the Moloch that the poet Allen Ginsberg said destroyed the best minds of his generation, such as the people who believed in utopia and were the first to populate the Empordà as if it were a new Arcadia where the songs of freedom were reborn.
“Every single journal should have a shrieking headline every day
saying we are heading to total catastrophe. In a couple of generations organized human society may not survive. That has to be drilled into people’s heads constantly. The current generation has to make a decision (…), and it has to be done quickly, there’s not a lot of time”, said linguist, philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky on a recent interview. He also added: “There’s no way to exaggerate the challenge we are facing these days. Global warming is already the main cause for the extinction of many species at a rate not seen for 65 million years.
Traditionally we’ve been used to send our 0-6 year-old kids to a
school-based environment: the youngest ones go to ‘nursery school’ and at around 3yrs they start at the ‘big kids school’. Even when we speak about alternative education systems, ‘forest school’, ‘free school’, ‘Steiner school’… we still use the word ‘school’. It’s perhaps a lesser known fact that in many countries the word ‘kindergarten’ (children’s garden) applies to the infant phase of socialization. In contrast, ‘school’ is loaded with implications of pressure to learn in a prescribed way, which is inappropriate for kids until they’re at least 6 or 7 years old.
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LOCAL PRODUCT, TRADITION AND CUTTING EDGE GASTRONOMIC BY RAMÓN FREIXA