BUENOS AIRES (AP) –
Environmental associations gathered on Sunday in the Northeast of Buenos Aires to urgently request a law that protects the wetlands in the country, at a time marked by the plague of capybaras that has surprised and annoyed the neighbors who live in those wealthy areas on the outskirts from Buenos Aires.
“The massive appearance of capybaras in Nordelta, made visible yet another impact of the loss and destructive occupation of the wetlands, such as the fires in the Paraná Delta during the past year,” said the environmental organization Red Nacional para los Humedales. , which has launched a petition for signatures to request legislation on the issue.
More than 600,000 Argentines of the one million required have already signed to demand a regulation that protects the many wetlands that exist in the country.
“We call on the whole of society to stand up in defense of the wetlands, wearing their own capybara masks and folding into action,” said the organization that made a tour in the “Carpincha Caravan” that toured at least 4 points in the affected area. by the plague.
Several dozen people attended the call that aims to make visible the problems of wetlands and the degradation of ecosystems in the country.
“Nordelta is not a city neighborhood that lives in harmony with nature, it was built in the 70’s in the worst disastrous times of the dictatorship and then all real estate development was deepened in the 90’s with Menem building on our wetlands and our swamps, “Jessica Gentile, candidate for legislator and member of the Coordinator of the Eco Socialist Network, told The Associated Press.
Today what we are experiencing is “an ongoing ecocide where real estate speculation once again puts itself above the social needs of the majority, such as a wetland” that constitutes the ecological and systemic balance that regulates the climate and are great sources of water. drinkable, he noted.
“We are going through the worst ecological and climatic crisis of this system and it is urgent to mutate towards another type of productive model where the need for a wetlands law without trap, without return, is imminent,” he said, emphasizing the need for the wetlands to be declared as intangible assets.
The capybaras “are in their habitat, what must be discussed in any case here is that we must relocate the people who are usurping lands that are destroying the ecosystem,” he concluded.
“We come to defend the capybaras because they are the owners of the wetland, a wetland that all the politicians on duty have been selling for many years. We defend the capybaras, we want them to take their place, which is a wetland, which does not have to be sold, it has to be defended, ”said Adriana Ricciardolo, candidate for the capital for national deputy for the Green Party.
“We want a wetland law now,” he said, that they fight and fight “for the animals, for nature, for the biodiversity of this place.”