"Do not cross the threshold": review

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"Do not exceed the threshold" is the title of a book to overcome stereotypes and "popular" beliefs and concretely address a discourse on ecology. Even the word can make many look up and there are many reasons for this to happen. There has been too much talk of ecology for a long time, we also talk about it casually, inappropriately, out of ignorance or in an instrumental way, because it is a term that evokes something beautiful, good, virtuous.

By now, however, many have eaten the leaf and to hear "ecology" become suspicious: it could be a sort of fig leaf to cover who knows what intentions. In this volume published by Gruppo Abele editions, are collected "Conversations on one hundred and fifty years of ecology”Between Giorgio Nebbia and Valter Giuliano.

Giorgio Nebbia, graduated in chemistry in 1949, he is one of the most important Italian commodity scientists, among the first to deal with this area and to do so by promoting an environmental culture. Until 1995 he taught Commodity study at the University of Bologna as well as having also been a parliamentarian of the independent Left in the Chamber and the Senate. In the role of interlocutor, in the book Don't cross the threshold, or rather, in the role of who asks the questions, we find a journalist and environmentalist.

Valter Giuliano in fact it is and it is not a label that is associated with it. You can see it from the way he talks with Nebbia and can also be verified by discovering that he was a director of Pro Natura and founder of the Greens. He has written numerous essays on history of the environmental movement, on the policy of protected areas and popular culture, as well as articles for some Italian newspapers always related to ecology. That of facts, not empty words.

In just over 100 pages, pocket sizeDo not exceed the threshold provides a broad and accurate view of what was the environmental movement in Italy. Not in a political sense, not only at least, but in a civil sense. We start by understanding how ecology is faced, always poised between science and suggestions, and then we start from the seventies, from what can be defined "The spring of ecology" to better face the present and the future.

This book is not just history, it is not a publication "in memory of" but a useful overview of what it is been projected to what we can do so that it is in tomorrow.

There is no shortage of criticisms, in the section "Wrong goods and wrong processes”, And they are always well illustrated and documented, never ideological or closed with respect to the possibility of confrontation and change of pace. Politics is often "brought up", especially in the dedicated chapter - Ecology and public policies - always reasoning in the logic that “past is prologue” so that we can proceed by not always making the same mistakes. The Church also has a role in this book, as well as it does in the history of ecology and in the present of Italian politics and before finishing the reading you can investigate the thought of Nebbia, too.

Do not cross the threshold is not a trivial book and on the surface it may seem difficult. In truth, if we overcome an initial frightening impact, we can realize that it is not so difficult. Fog to explain and address issues that are closer than it seems and that they often want us to perceive.

The goods we buy, the policies of the territory, the choices in the energy field, are our things and we must overcome the threshold, being interested and active consumers, users, voters and citizens for "Do not cross the threshold" after which the world that we will deliver to our grandchildren must be defined as dying.

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