Climate change does not exist. Even if it did exist, its effects are positive for people. There is no scientific consensus that it is a reality. Global warming favours the emergence of businesses that eliminate poverty. There is nothing that forces people to migrate. Migrants come to take advantage of the social benefits of a developed country... I'm sure you're familiar with the discourses of climate change skeptics and those against immigration.
These two issues are addressed daily, also in the media, from a basis of falsehoods, maniupulations, and prejudices. And every day we must continue to dismantle and deconstruct the realities that this 'information' shapes in the collective imagination. Doing so is essential because assuming these realities leads us to less supportive, less inclusive and less proactive socieities.
The environment has been and is a driver of migration. People flee their country to survive natural disaster, harsh and difficult experiences that are caused by climatic conditions. People migrate to improve their quality of life. And in fact, nowadays climate change causes more migration than wars and economic factors. This was reflected in a study conducted by the OECD.
Would you migrate if you had no water?
Jovesólides wanted to show the reality of millions of people who are in a situation of inequality and do not have access to water, or the state of the water they have access to can be toxic to their health. To do this, we brought together several people, both men and women. All they had to do was participate in water tasting. And this is what happened.
You can also watch the full programme, moderated by Pilar Almenar. The objective: to reflect on the topic addressed with the voices of Mariola Galiana, Councillor for Development Cooperation of the City Council of Elche; José Abad, head of Turshikiane NGO and two of the participants in the experiment, Konsuelo Albentosa and Alejando Macia.
From the association we carried out this experiment and the subsequent debate in the framework of the project 'La ventanilla indisrecta', aimed at stimulating awareness and promoting an active Valencian citizenship from the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through a series of different experiments we address different issues and pending social challenges. This format allows us to observe, reflect and make an attempt to deconstruct the prejudices that undermine justice and equality in the society we share.
La Ventanilla indiscreta is a project funded by the Consellería de Transparencia, Responsabilitat Social, Participació i Cooperació. If you want to follow all the news and activities of this programme, follow the hashtag #LaVentanillaIndiscreta on social media.