This is the second part of our conversation with Professor Sergey Kirpotin, Doctor of Biology, Director of the TSU Center of Excellence “BioClimLand”.
Siberia is far from all global hubs with large populations. It seems to be an advantage today, when such an isolation provides a feeling of safety. What other resources do we have that can help us to get through the crisis?
Besides, we can always turn toward the homegrown produce. Siberian territory is very resourceful, which is another advantage in times of extreme situations. Regarding that, we are very different from our neighbors who have developed better in terms of information technology. One can see that when communicating with our international colleagues and students at summer schools. Our guests from China showed the worst surviving capacity: the young Chinese cannot build a fire, light a stove, or dry their shoes. The new generation is very good at dealing with their gadgets, but if something serious happens, half of civilization will die because they won’t be able to cook food over an open fire. A two-day blackout for people in other countries is a disaster. For us it is a challenge but we can deal with it.
We want to believe that after the pandemic we will live “happily ever after” without any serious problems. Is it even possible?
Ecology is a sphere of knowledge and a science. It is divided into two types: 1) shallow ecology that separates people from the nature and puts them above it, and 2) deep ecology that considers us a part of nature. Shallow ecology is a hugest problem of our civilization. People think that they are the center of the universe. It is well presented in our languages, for example, there is an expression “to protect the environment”. To protect from whom? From ourselves! Deep ecology is much wiser. The Gaia hypothesis proposes to see people as a virus on the surface of the Earth. The virus that is capable of killing the planet. That is why the planet wants to get rid of the virus. This is what we are observing today. This is a lesson for the humanity. And we need to pass the exam but… The preliminary results are non-satisfactory. It means that very soon we will face another exam and we will do it until we realize that people are part of nature. And the Earth is our home!