It’s hard to ignore the ubiquity of eucalyptus in Galicia, especially on the coast. Introduced to and spread throughout the region as a cash crop for paper pulp, a eucalypt plantation is low-maintenance and fast-growing. It’s also notoriously fire-prone and a scourge for autochthonous flora and fauna. With so many Galicians having emigrated to other countries or the cities, agricultural labor is sparse in the rural areas and it’s easy to see why land owners would plant it.
Forest fires, usually intentionally set, worry many in the area. Most of Galicia has been under “extreme” fire risk for the last few days. There are even Twitteraccounts to monitor bombeiro activity.
It’s so disheartening to hear of the passing of Michael Brooks today. Of the contemporary media on the Left, he stood out to me and thousand others with his intellectual curiosity, a firm internationalism, and his personal interest in synthesizing spirituality and politics.
I’m separating the Asides category, along with Links, from the main feed of this blog. Asides are more informal, ephemeral posts that don’t make sense between other things I’ve been writing about. The RSS feed still aggregates everything.