Taking on the climate emergency

Climate emergency. This issue of Barcelona Metròpolis discusses the fight against climate change, a huge challenge that requires us to rethink our organisation of the city from top to bottom. The entire urban metabolism has to change so that the city can stop being part of the problem and move on to becoming part of the solution.

The effects of climate change, the future that many see as a far-away dystopia, are already being felt in our daily lives. These days we are experiencing more and more extreme climate changes which have been causing damage and suffering “Tackling climate emergency”, a dossier dedicated to this problem from the magazine Barcelona Metròpolis offers an analysis and proposals from various experts in the field.

“Scientists have been warning us for some time now, but our resistance to accepting such an uncomfortable truth have prevented us from taking measures when we still had time for them”, points out Milagros Pérez Oliva, the director of Barcelona Metròpolis, in its editorial. “If we don’t stop our greenhouse gas emissions, the situation will only get worse.”

The following columnists have collaborated with the magazine through their analyses and proposals for taking on the climate change: Carlos Moreno presents his city of 15 minutes; Elena Albareda speaks of the gap that has opened up between cities and nature; Esther Izquierdo highlights the importance of renewables; Manel Ferri raises new ideas on sustainable mobility; Liliana Arroyo discusses how digital platforms have been changing urban dynamics; Gerardo Lertxundi makes the case for public; Rosa García champions the view that big cities must open the way to a zero-waste society, and Tomás Díez reminds us that human beings are not at the centre of the universe and that we need to rethink our production models.

From the importance of philosophy to the power of the image

“The pandemic has shown us how, as humans, we share our air and saliva, that we are all united”, asserts Daniel Gamper, a lecturer in Political Philosophy, in an interview with David Miró. The winner of the Anagrama d’Assaig Prize in 2019, Gamper reflects on concepts such as democracy and religion, without avoiding topical issues such as football, social networks and Trumpism.

The journalist Tania Adam sketches a profile of the North-American activist Angela Davis, one of the most charismatic and influential intellectuals and revolutionaries in the United States, an icon in the anti-racist movement and tireless fighter for women’s rights.

As for culture, the documentary film director Alba Sotorra explains in an interview why he decided to show “the other realities” of countries such as Turkey and Syria in his films. Photography is also the central theme of the Debate in this issue of Barcelona Metròpolis, where several specialists give their opinions on how Barcelona has treated its photographers. And the literary sections has a feature from the author Jordi Nopca offering the short story “Un regal especial” [A special gift].

The entire magazine illustrates the spectacular photographic reporting of the photojournalist Santi Palacios on borders and migrations, with images that invite reflection on why we are so bad at receiving people in search of a better future they are unable to find in their own countries of origin.