Beach, sand, fish and Federal Police

 

Saturday, May 4, 2013

 

Beach, sand, fish and Federal Police

 

“Only heard so far words concerned with the agility with which the environmental licenses should be issued so that the environment will not endanger the development. After all, it’s a matter of thrush and fish. As if there was development without environmental protection, “says Demetrio Luis Guadagnin, professor in the Department of ecology of the UFRGS, referring to Federal Police investigations, in Rio Grande do Sul, for the environmental crimes scheme, in an article published in the newspaper Zero Hora, 5/4/2013.

According to him, “the PF picked up some cases. Reviewing licenses granted, we will find other “.

Here’s the article.

The schema of environmental crimes investigated by the Federal Police exposes a pernicious cycle of environmental degradation and moral.

The last remnants of the typical landscapes of our coast are under constant and intense pressure of new changing rooms, condos, wind farms and duplicate roads. The public spaces needed for environmental quality are not created equally. There is a lack of permanent preservation areas, parks and recreational areas. Strengthen the public access to the beaches. The rich regional biodiversity is replaced by monotonous vegetation. Our children already born will grow without knowing what are the sand dunes, or thinking that the coastal landscape looks like the forests of Canada.

We have a few fish in the rivers, in part because their breeding environments are being contaminated and destroyed by the mining. So, our fish, such as gold, virtually disappeared from the market. The water quality gets worse because the wetlands disappear. River beaches that served local leisure for the people disappear or are contaminated. The population then need to travel up the coast in search of beaches, clean waters and leisure spaces. So, we need more roads, more spas and the cycle feeds.

With disappointment, only heard so far words concerned with the agility with which the environmental licenses should be issued so that the environment will not endanger the development. After all, it’s a matter of thrush and fish. As if there were no environmental protection development. Only heard as a solution to the environmental licensing is as a registry, where licenses are issued because documents are delivered. The reality is that many environmental studies do not have quality and are rejected by the body. Some are then endorsed by upstairs, in canetaço. There are also investments in technical staff, in number and qualification. This process are poorly educated, rejected or questionable licenses, delays and corruption. The PF picked up some cases. Reviewing licenses granted, we will find others.

The account of environmental problems is always paid by someone. Pays the whole of society, indirectly, by the reflections in the health system, the cost of water, quality of food, the missed opportunities along with the genetic heritage of biodiversity, the need for expensive and distant tourism and more taxes to support the system of environmental protection increasingly expensive. Pay more expensive environmental refugees, forced to live in hazardous areas, contaminated and without natural resources of which depend on. A portion of the account left for the children to pay later. To pay now the culprits. The beaches of river and sea, our children, environmental refugees, the fish and the thrush are thankful.

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