A Connected Planet – Daily Freeman

Okay, he’s a politician: Doug Ducey, the outgoing governor of Arizona, who recently began erecting “hundreds of double-stack shipping containers topped with barbed wire” along Arizona’s eastern border with Mexico, including at through the Coronado National Forest. Isn’t this his right: to talk nonsense, lie and give his constituents an enemy? And what keeps us safer from that enemy than a wall, especially one topped with barbed wire?

It doesn’t matter that the wall isn’t really desperate, running from the migrants. It keeps ocelots and jaguars, bighorn sheep and spotted owls away. It keeps out, or rather, endangers the life of the Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo. It endangers the survival of more than seventy species of plants and animals. The wall is a monument to racism, according to Daniel Lombroso, director of “American Scar”, and what it achieves is ecocide.

“The crisis at the border is our government.”

The title of the film is not metaphorical. It refers to the fact that the tops of the mountains were torn off to build the wall. The “scar” is the cut blown and bulldozed through the mountain ranges to build the absurd and cruel wall. One day the wall will fall, but its “mark will last forever”, all with the purpose of turning an abstract concept, the national territory, into something supposedly “real”.

Long live nationalism! Its essence is to divide “us” from “them”. We could not have nations on Planet Earth unless we believed that the planet is full of people who are not us and can therefore be dehumanized, not only when we are at war but whenever we want. The existence of “them” is at the center of the national psyche: people who don’t belong here and whose lives don’t matter. The racial and ethnic differences help maintain the illusion, especially the last part: that their lives don’t matter.

And the reason why it is so crucial to believe this is that the world is far from perfect. People migrate for many reasons, often in utter desperation: their homeland is devastated by war, authoritarianism, poverty, famine, all of which are now intensified by the presence of climate change, especially in the Global South. . In fact, more immigrants than ever are attempting to cross the southern border of the United States.

I want to live in a country, in a world, that sees beyond barbed wire as the answer, in fact, that embraces understanding and connection as the only way forward. Oh God. We know this. Why is he so marginalized politically?

Consider Humane Borders, a nonprofit organization founded in 2000 with the purpose of helping migrants survive the treacherous journey to the border, primarily by establishing water stations in the Sonoran desert, motivated by “a universal need of kindness”. Its primary mission “is to save desperate people from a horrible death from dehydration and exposure.”

But in doing so, they have also taken on the terrifying task of finding and identifying the bodies of those who do not survive. Many remain unidentified. And, of course, many victims are never found; they just disappear under the desert sun.

As we look beyond our fear of “them,” to look at the world with clarity and candor, it becomes clear that we must approach their difficulties with more than kindness. Climate change is consuming the planet! It endangers every one of us, and all of us, but especially the wealthiest (who are, ironically, the least affected by climate change right now), are responsible for it. Attention, ex-governor. Ducey: Climate change does not recognize national borders.

Are there role models, role models for the evolution of humanity? It may be so. Let’s cross the ocean and visit the African continent, where climate change demands human sanity, both nationally and transnationally, to restore diversity in the continent’s ecosystems. Welcome to the Great Green Wall, described as “the first wall designed to bring people together instead of keeping them apart.”

The Great Green Wall, conceived and funded by some 20 international organizations, including the African Union, the World Bank and the UN, is a nine-mile-wide, 4,831-mile-long “wall” of biodiversity, running through the Sahel region. North Africa, just south of the Sahara desert. It runs in eleven countries: Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Chad, Niger, Nigeria, Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Senegal, which “have come together to combat land degradation and restore native plant life to the landscape according to National. Geographical.

The Great Green Wall is a wall of native trees and plants, millions of them, planted by hundreds of thousands of local residents. And the leaders of these eleven countries are working together to tackle land degradation.

National Geographic notes: “Beyond the project’s strong political foundation, its carefully crafted approach brings environmental benefits both locally and globally. The initiative uses an ‘integrated landscape approach’ that allows each country to address land degradation, climate change adaptation and mitigation, biodiversity and forestry within their local context.”

And the benefits are both local and global, a concept apparently not yet understood by the leaders of the Global North.

“Ducey insists that Arizona has sole or shared jurisdiction over the 60-foot strip on which the containers rest and has a constitutional right to protect residents from ‘imminent danger of humanitarian and criminal crises.'”

Robert Koehler, a Chicago-based journalist and nationally syndicated writer, is syndicated by the Tribune Content Agency. Readers can email him at koehlercw@gmail.com.

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