Published in El Pais, September 28th 2019.
These days I’m in my home country, The Netherlands. Even though autumn has started, the temperature is pleasant, about 16 degrees Celsius, some wind, a bit of sun and at the time in some rain. Though I miss Bolivia’s climate, I am now enjoying less sun, which is sometimes too strong for me in Bolivia, even though I always wear a hat. Holland has trees everywhere. Each small city has many trees, including its own forests, and many parks, sidewalks, on the roadside. Every house boasts its front gardens without walls filling with green the city. This green full of mental tranquility and is relieve for the soul because it takes away all of our worries. Holland has done everything so that one can ride a bike without risk of being crashed by some bus, taxi or car. Being able to put aside your worries and enjoy the green environment from a bicycle. It’s a nice mode of transport and it’s accessible for all.
In addition, taking into account how mankind has invaded the planet, it is necessary that the countries become more responsible. Trees help to maintain and capture water, absorb greenhouse gas carbon dioxide and generate oxygen. To lose them would have a serious impact to life. In countries that are losing their forests, it is necessary to do something and take the consequences seriously for life and health. The trees, the bike roads in Holland have not appeared by chance. Investment is needed for its creation and also for its maintenance. However, what is invested is expected to increase the quality of life thanks to more trees and parks in cities.
If Bolivia continues its orientation towards a cement city, where trees and parks do not seem to have any value, health and quality of life will deteriorate. If the trees disappear, it is very expensive to get them back, especially if there is desertification and erosion in the land. Unfortunately, many will only notice this when it is too late, for example, when there is neither water nor rain. Perhaps we can change the present and future by planting a tree in our homes, in streets, or squares. And if you have more influence, help that trees are not burned or destroyed in the public areas!