Have a read to the short stories selected of the BIBA Forum Alumni 2022 on biodiversity and geodiversity
|08 Jul 2022
|08 Jul 2022
The short stories of Mercedes Martín and María Angustias Guzmán, 2 senior students at the University of Granada, have been the narratives selected in the micro-story contest of the BIBA Forum Alumni 2022 on biodiversity and geodiversity.
The students that participated in the BIBA Forum’s session on biodiversity and geodiversity were invited to submit their short stories on this topic in English or in their mother tongue with a maximum length of 100 words.
Now, the 2 selected stories are published on the Arqus website as a formal recognition of their work. Enjoy them!
7th July 2137
Mario is waiting in his bunker for the screen to show temperature, pollution and radiation data from outside. He wants to know if he will be able to go out and look at the stars.
There are fewer and fewer people.
Children are not born.
The chemical pills that make up his diet don’t feed him enough.
Seas are poisoned and fields are barren. Most animal species have become extinct.
On the surface, only uninhabited buildings remain.
Mario is reflecting that the predecessor societies destroyed Nature and that life on the Earth is already ending.
María Angustias Guzmán Lirio (University of Granada):
A little bee was flying looking for a flower to eat its rich pollen.
The hours passed, she was tired and her little wings couldn’t hold her in the air.
A girl was watching her, sick and sad, in her deserted garden, she picks her up and put it in an urn where she kept the last flower from last spring.
After a while the bee fed on the flower and regained strength, the girl lets her go.
In the following springs, thousands of flowers bloomed in her garden spreading its smell.
The BIBA Forum (and the Call for Short Stories that is organised for each session) is an initiative developed in the framework of Action Line 2, Widening Access, Inclusion and Diversity, chaired by the University of Padua.