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A toast to the corkage

11 de enero de 2010

Half of the oaks around the world are in the Iberian Peninsula.

We should thank these sturdy trees. A multitude of animal and plant species are associated with them, generating stable and rich ecosystems. Oaks are representative of nature, friends that never fail and forgive our faults, always strong against fire, wind or incompetence. Its thick bark saves them from fire and it’s altruistically transferred for industrial use. This majestic giant is deeply rooted in our history. Spain and Portugal make up half of the cork forests worldwide and over 80% of the world’s cork production.
The indiscriminate felling, fire and property speculation diminish our forests. But when environmental policies do not take care of the environment industry can do, though sometimes it’s responsible for the deforestation.
Cork is sadly being replaced by non-sustainable materials. It is becoming increasingly common to find bottles of wine with plastic stoppers. We must convince employers and institutions that the forest area, as well as ornamental, is profitable. Our message is clear: nature, except rare exceptions, is generally impossible to improve. The cork should continue to be our great ally, either in the form of stopper or as a natural insulator.
Cooliflower fans, toast with knowledge. Use cork and save forests.

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Road to Copenhagen (IV and last).

24 de diciembre de 2009

We had light suspicions, but there is no doubt: it is not the climate. It is not the man. It is not the lack of commitment. It is the bad use of the grammar what is finishing with the world.


We have to fight against psychopathic sentences that avoid the morality. They serve to damage in an elegant way or to iron wrinkles. We talk about what’s politically correct, about the hypocrisy turned into word, a Champagne of two hundred Euros per bottle reserved only for high spheres. Do not forget it, never do a “preventive assault that provokes collateral damages”. The evilness, protected by grammar, must be done to planetary scale. To damage a man rapidly is a crime, to murder thousands and thousands slowly is named politics.

Copenhagen has been a Roman circus where our favorite euphemisms have been overcome by a surprising victor; a small sentence will go on to the history in a shameful way: “not binding agreement“. We needed much more than another Kyoto protocol and we have something worse: a not binding agreement to check in a year. So, we can sign a thing and do another. Nothing represents better all our epoch.

What do we still have now? Bukowski was saying “they give us nice pats in the back and say that our poison is politics”. And the poet, with his sincerity afloat – a stopper of cork about alcohol – was telling the truth. Recently a friend was commenting: “always I have myself, my own best friend and adviser”. And this is what we still have, that is not small. Look us in a mirror and feel proud of the reflection, of what it represents. Let’s leave the bureaucrats to consume its soul among papers. Give example to others doing of our life a binding agreement, which joined us with the Earth when we were born.

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Road to Copenhagen (IV and last).