The year is 2135. Century 22. The whole world looks different. Everything has changed. In the past, global warming was thought, talked about, discussed. Now that’s reality. My beloved Italy is completely different now. It’s almost whole underwater. Just the more mountainous peaks of the Dolomites and the Alps, rising from the sea.
And my life, now, is under the sea. My name is Laura Scaponelli. I don’t know about a different life, except this one under the sea. I teach to children. My subject is called Life Science. I teach them all about the life. This new life- under the sea. I teach them everything they should know. Which should help them in their lives. To be of use in the future.
We often talk about Italy. We remember stories told to us by older generations in order not to be forgotten. Italy was a beautiful country. Each of its pedals was beautiful, in their own way. Mainland and islands, lakes, rivers and seas. Tourists were visiting the country in the form of a “boot.” They admired Italy. They were coming back to visit Italy again and again. Many weddings took place in Italy. Festivals, festivities of all kinds. But now it’s a distant past. We think of the future, and we mention the past, as I said, in order not to be forgotten.
Life under the sea is not easy. People live in huts connected with tunnels. Life here, too, consists of all those daily tasks and obligations. Get food, prepare simple meals, help all other residents of the dwelling. Communicate with other radio stations and their residents by radio station. We also have our own underwater promenade. We may leave the premises from time to time. We can sit on a bench, pamper sea urchins, feed flocks of fish, keep shrimp, and see the magic bottom of the Adriatic. One of our biggest attractions is our bike ride. Put on a specially designed helmet, weighing 40 pounds, which keeps the man at the bottom of the sea. The helmet is made simple. It is connected to an oxygen tank by a rubber tube, which allows us to breathe normally but also to move.
Everyday movement, for the most part, is limited to tours of our residences. Like once on land, we have it all. In fact, life under the sea is like a mapping of what used to be life on land. Our offshore dwellings are our marine settlements. We have hospitals. And schools. And the gardens. And stores. And miniature farms. And the bars. In a word, we have it all.
I love children (to whom I teach Life Science ) very much. I feel like the kids love me ,too. We have no class. All children come to all classes and learn about everything. It is clear to them that people were once warned of global warming. My children have almost no idea what awaits them in some distant future. All they know is that they have to learn as much as possible, and that all sorts of diverse knowledge will only benefit them. My subject, Life Science, is very interesting to them. “What is life, really?” – I often begin my lectures with this question. I further explain to them, “Life is not a race, but a journey to enjoy every step of the way. What we do for a living echoes in eternity. Do not dream your life, but live your dreams. One day you will wake up, and there will be no more time to do the things that you have always wanted to do. Do them now. Your daily life is your school, your temple, your faith. Be what you are.
“In fact, I speak to them and explain my thoughts, but also the thoughts of many famous people from a distant past. I continue: “Think about your life every day. It’s like living in a small cottage whose windows look out onto the big world. There are two wolves fighting in you. And who wins? The one you feed more. Life should not be the one that happened to you, but the novel you create yourself. ”I tell them, and I convey the thoughts and actions of once-famous people from all over the world. I have read a lot about Confucius, John Lennon, Novalis, Sydney J. Harris, Pythagoras, Halil Jubran, Paul Coelho, and many others. I talk about them to my children, giving them the best advice. The ones I adhere to myself. All my life. Children are regulars in my classes. I further teach them to understand the thoughts of many smart people, but to have their own thoughts and actions.
Also, I always emphasize that Italians need to remember and later talk about it to their children, to some new generations. To be remembered, and never to forget.
Submarine housing space for living was limited. The dormitories were located in one part, while the play, entertainment, learning and other activities were in the other. Life in a confined space can only make sense if we design it ourselves. And such a life has its advantages. People turned to each other. They became more emotional. They realized empathy again. They all knew each other. They knew what others thought, how they reacted, how they behaved. Accordingly, everyone adjusted. They were like one big family. Helping each other, they helped themselves.
Life under the sea, in the habitations, had its downsides. Indoors and crampedness, impairing everyone’s mental state. They caused emotional instability. That’s why the “fish people”, as we called ourselves, talked more. We talked through anxiety, psychic constriction. And, that helped.
It occurred to me to tell my children more about Italy. Earth that is almost gone. Earth, which is slowly disappearing. For that regular class, I was not particularly prepared. I realized that it was best for them to be open, and in my own words, talk about Italy, its past and the reasons for its disappearance. In fact, we would rather say “drowning” under the Adriatic, Ionian and Tyrrhenian seas.
When the children arrived for class that day, and when they settled down, I started with a lecture: “Children, today we are talking about Italy. Italy’s past. You will understand why we are today, where we are, deep under the seas, when I finish my class. ”All the children looked at me dumbly, and watched me obediently. And, with understanding. They loved Italy, as I explained earlier, from the stories of their parents and grandparents. They loved Italy with all their heart, and by no means, it seemed to me, they wanted to forget Italy. That’s why everyone was watching me with great care.
I further continued my lecture: “The town of Amelia in the Italian province of Umbria was located on a hill. Why, now, I mention to you Amelia, you must be wondering? Only because you were able to see Italy from this small town in all its ancient glory, and its distress long ago. The people of Italy knew that the country was slowly but surely declining and disappearing. Also, they saw signs of decay every day. Governmental institutions were ruled by corruption and by no means incompetent. The economy has been weakening for years. In the end, it weakened so much that young people did not have enough work. The once magnificent coastline of Italy, located on as many as three seas, the Adriatic, Ionian and Tyrrhenian, was destroyed by pollution and sewage.
Global warming has contributed to these undeniable facts. As I told you earlier, people knew, but they acted as if it didn’t concern them. World travel writers, adventurers, globetrotters and many others have written in their travel stories, mostly, countless words in celebration of the beauty of Italian life. Only a few dared to touch the facts. A 21st Century Fact that led to the downfall. Or, into what we now call life. Living underwater. A life we didn’t want to live, but we have to. We have no better solution. The 21st century Italians, our ancestors, did not respond in any way to the decay of their land. They married late, or not at all.
If they married at all, they did not have children. Italian natural growth at that time was among the fewest in Western Europe. There were more Italians over seventy years of age than under twenty. 21st century historians have called this phenomenon a “demographic precedent” in all of human history. Italy was a country of older population, which was even older. Funny? I know, I sometimes laugh myself, but with sadness, pain and anguish. This is one of the main reasons why we are here now, deep under the sea. The older generation didn’t care much for the future. They thought that the future was about the young. And, in the 21st century, young people went from Italy “belly for bread”. Not many were concerned with global warming. Their emotions either dried up or disappeared. Like empathy. The most important thing for them then was how to escape from Italy. Elderly countries. Surely all of you present here are now asking yourself: Why am I telling you all this about Italy, my dear children? Well, just because of your future. You have to think about your future. The future is planned. Yes, you heard right. The future need to be planned, and you need to talk about it all the time.
Always talk, listen to each other, think aloud, and share your thoughts with others. Make compromises. Because, your future can also be beautiful and bright. And, rest assured, that together you can, still, save what is left of our beloved Italy. Be persistent. Be active. Live up to your beliefs. And, never forget your great-grandfather Italy. There is still hope for our Italy. I believe in you. You are the future of some nicer Italy. Please, Save our Italy.”
In addition to the story:
Italy to become the first country in the world to introduce teaching on climate change and sustainable development into compulsory school education next year (2020), said Education Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti
Lorenzo Fioramonti, a member of the anti-establishment 5 Star Movement, is the most vocal in the government in favor of green policies, and was criticized by the opposition in September for urging students to go to climate protests instead of teaching. In an interview at his Roman office on Monday, Fioramonti said that from the start of the next academic year in September, all public schools will devote 33 hours a year, nearly an hour of instruction per week, to climate change issues.
Many traditional subjects such as geography, mathematics and physics will also be studied from a sustainable development perspective, said the minister, a former professor of economics at the University of South Africa in Pretoria.
“The entire ministry has changed to make sustainable development and climate change a central part of the education model,” Fioramonti said in an interview.
“I want the Italian education system to become the first education system to put the environment and society at the heart of everything that is taught in school,” he noted.
Fioramonti, 42, author of several books claiming that gross domestic product should no longer be a major measure of state economic success, has been the target of a center-right opposition after becoming a minister in a two-month-old government made up of the 5-Star Movement and the Left Democratic Party .
His proposals for new taxes on airline tickets, plastic and food with sugar to raise funds for education have been vigorously attacked by critics, who said the Italians are already overburdened with taxes. He then provoked the ire of conservatives when he suggested that the crucifix should be removed from Italian classrooms to create a more inclusive atmosphere for non-Christians.
Despite criticism, the government’s 2020 budget presented to parliament this week also includes a plastic tax and a new sugar beverage tax.
“Everyone used to make fun of me and treat me like a rural idiot, and now a few months later the government is using two of these proposals and it seems to me that more and more people are convinced this is the path to go,” Fioramonti said.