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Today we will remember the biggest environmental problems of 2018. A series of ecocides that destroyed Latin American natural resources, after the devastating passage of twelve months full of blood, pain and tears.
When money imposes its own rules of the game on planet Earth, it establishes an ecological imbalance in our Latin American territories, which is increased by the judicial inaction of public bodies, which are incapable of enforcing current environmental laws, to promptly punish the criminal acts presented.
The great crime against Pachamama is a multifaceted problem within Latin American regions, since each businessman, landowner, guerrilla or politician, has his own economic ambitions that must be quickly achieved, violating the sanctity of the Environment and bearing fruit ignorance of your decisions.
From the Loma de Cabrera municipality in the Dominican Republic, passing through the Canaima National Park in Venezuela, and reaching the Arauco province in Chile, there are terrible environmental inconveniences that have been hidden in tourist packages, in five-star hotels and in huge shopping centers, which DO NOT reflect the socio-environmental reality of Latin American geography.
Therefore, we will explain the 10 main ecocides visualized in Latin America during the year 2018, in order NOT to remain silent in the abyss of impunity, and to raise the voice of social protest together with the citizens.
Sea turtles from Salmedina Island, Mexico
In position number ten, we have the environmental damage caused to sea turtles on Salmedina Island (Mexico), where a violent private party held in August mainly affected the nesting area of the Hawksbill turtles, which are found in critically endangered, and that they were trampled and disoriented by the drug addicts invited to the party, who to the rhythm of the music had fun polluting the shores of the beach with solid waste, and produced kilos of worldly garbage within the majestic National Park Veracruz Reef System, which is part of the natural heritage of Mexicans.
Spill in San Alberto, Caraparí, Bolivia
In position number nine, the 1,100 liters of hydrocarbons spilled in the community of San Alberto in the Caraparí municipality (Bolivia) stand out. The rupture of a collecting duct of the SAL-X12 well by Petrobras, produced a high contamination of the water in the El Manantial stream, generating a sanitary emergency for the Bolivian inhabitants, who suffered stomach diseases due to the toxicity of the water, and who verified the death of fish and crabs in the riverbed of the streams.
Spill in Guarapiche River, Monagas, Venezuela
In position number eight, are the 1000 barrels of oil spilled in the Guarapiche river of the Monagas state (Venezuela). Around 200,000 liters of hydrocarbons overflowed by the Guarapiche river tributary, being the water resource that allows thousands of Monagas to be supplied with drinking water, but due to the environmental incident that occurred in the Jusepín Operational Complex of the Petróleos de Venezuela company ( PDVSA), citizens are afraid to drink the water due to the risk of poisoning.
Spill in Morona, Amazon region of Loreto, Peru
In position number seven, we highlight the 8000 barrels of oil spilled in the Morona district, located in the Amazon region of Loreto (Peru), due to the rupture of a pipeline of the North Ramal Pipeline. Sadly, the Petroperú company blamed the indigenous people of the Mayuriaga native community for the oil spill. Petroperú has the eternal complicity of all the private media, which used disinformation to condemn the indigenous people of the Mayuriaga Amazon community for the environmental crime, who spoke out publicly to deny the unjust accusation, and recalled the multiple oil spills caused by Petroperú in the Nor Peruano Pipeline, which have contaminated the Morona River, the Marañón River, the Ucayali River and even the legendary Amazon River.
Deforestation in the Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, San Felipe, Mexico
In position number six, we point out the 2,000 square meters of razed mangrove in the Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, located in the municipality of San Felipe (Mexico). Due to the whim of building unnecessary streets, the crime of deforestation was committed in protected green areas, and the habitat and nesting area of birds such as the Caribbean pink flamingo were disturbed, within an estuary that was declared a Reserve of the Biosphere in 1979, and it is considered a privileged place in the Yucatan peninsula, due to its springs and the diversity of marine species.
Pollution in the Santo Antônio do Grama River, Minas Gerais, Brazil
At number five, we find the water contamination caused by the transnational Anglo American, which polluted the Santo Antônio do Grama river, located in the state of Minas Gerais (Brazil). Due to the fracture of a mining pipeline that transported iron pulp, there were two large spills during the month of March, which leaked 1100 tons of iron into the Rio de Janeiro soil, and unfortunately a large amount of the ferrous residue spilled into the waters from the spring that represents the main water resource for the inhabitants of the municipality of Santo Antônio do Grama.
Spill in Barrancabermeja, Santander, Colombia
In position number four, we visualize the 24,000 barrels of oil spilled in the “La Fortuna” district, within the Barrancabermeja municipality in the department of Santander (Colombia). Due to the hydrocarbon leak from the Ecopetrol company, more than 2,400 animals died due to the heavy contamination of the water in the La Lizama and Caño Muerto streams, which covered an area of 20 kilometers where the oil slick ended up reaching the Sogamoso River. and where hundreds of people were deprived of food, due to the capitalism of the transnationals and the ineffectiveness of their slaves.
Death of animals in Argentina
In position number three, we denounce the massive death of animals in Argentina during 2018, due to the agro-toxin business that produces a source of permanent pollution throughout its geography. The death of 57 Andean condors was confirmed by chemical poisoning, being an endangered species and a cultural symbol. Thousands of fish died in the Paraná river beds due to the use of pesticides. While 72 million bees died from the use of pesticides, which both rural residents and large agricultural and livestock industries have been using to fumigate and protect their crops and herds, without considering the serious deterioration suffered by the environment.
Spill in Cullen, Magallanes Region, Chile
In the number two position, the 720,000 liters of oil spilled in the Cullen sector stand out, whose territory is located in the Magallanes Region (Chile). The Argentine company YPF was the culprit of the exaggerated hydrocarbon spill, and it is difficult to know what the long-term ecological consequences will be, due to a tremendous oil spill that reached 6,000 square meters of surface, and that could harm the food chain and the reproductive cycle of southern biodiversity.
Fire in the Indio Maíz Biological Reserve, Nicaragua
And in the number one position, the voracious fire that destroyed 6,300 hectares of forest shines in the Indio Maíz Biological Reserve located in Nicaragua. Although it was speculated that a fire of natural causes had caused the tragedy, it was later confirmed that the disaster was caused by a peasant from the community "Siempre Viva", who illegally used the method of agricultural burning to destroy the trees of the jungle and thus be able to plant rice, within the great Nicaraguan plant lung, which belongs to the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor.
The ecological nightmare in Indio Maíz, remained lit for ten days of agony, and the Nicaraguan government took four days to open its eyes and declare the yellow alert, when the fire had already burned more than 3,000 hectares of tropical forest.
The so-called “wave of colonization” suffered by the Indio Maíz Biological Reserve, has allowed cattle mafias, traffickers, invader families and criminals, fugitives from the police, to take advantage of the fertile lands of a vast jungle, to carry out clandestine commercial activities without requiring the necessary environmental permits, which increases the risk of ecocide if natural resources are damaged.
Nicaraguan environmental laws represent the great smoke of procedural and judicial inaction, because the fire from the fire could only be silenced, thanks to foreign planes and thanks to raindrops, which ended up extinguishing the reddish and hot history suffered in Indio Maíz.
But the ashes of the disaster in the Indio Maíz Biological Reserve also showed us the inability of the Nicaraguan government to penetrate the lands of its own national jungle, in order to control the flames of the suffocating fire, and in order to stop the irresponsible hands that produce such crimes. environmental problems, which threaten to recur in the near future of Nicaragua, due to the passivity in solving latent social problems.
Dream of a sustainable world
We traveled the beautiful geography of Latin America, and suffered the pain of a scar in the Amazon, which burns with the reddened salt of planet Earth.
It is impossible to dream of the sustainability of a clearly unsustainable world. We saw that savage capitalism buys the best environmental licenses, buys the silence of corrupt government entities, and buys the rampant genocidal barbarism that reigns in the 21st century.
You and I know of many more crimes perpetrated in 2018, but if we remain silent and do not denounce the environmental problems of our communities, then we will be being accomplices of national and foreign corporations, which are dedicated to polluting the Latin American territories that we inhabit every day.
With the power of social networks in our hands, there are NO more excuses to evade the ecological commitment in favor of the planet. Let's report crimes on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and WhatsApp. Let us use the technological tools for the well-being of the Environment, forgetting the eternal indifference and awakening a new consciousness.
From January to December and from Monday to Sunday, Mother Earth demands respect, love and a willingness for change in Human Beings, to turn the bitter environmental nightmare of 2018 into a light of positive hope that illuminates the roads of 2019.
By Carlos Ruperto Fermin