"Paper money eventually returns to its intrinsic value - zero."
In the space of 48 hours and the span of two continents - North and South America. People, and governments are concerned with two decisions which will have - potentially - everlasting impact on some of the more beautiful landscapes on our planet as well as the environmental, historical and social fabric of these places.
In Patagonia, Chile, Yesterday celebrated the signing into law of five new national parks, totaling over one million acres. The five new parks are Alacalufes, Cerro Castillo, Melimoyu, Patagonia, and Pumalín. In addition three existing national parks; Corcovado, Hornopirén, and Isla Magdalena will be expanded.
In Alaska, United States today. The Bureau of Land Management will end it's acceptance of feedback on a decision to build a 211 mile mining road through pristine wilderness in The Brooks Range. The reason for this - to mine copper. The process of which would pollute rivers, kill salmon, interrupt the migration of Caribou and drive the local people who live there to move from the home they have inhabited for thousands of years.
The issues and reasons leading up to both of the actions are numerous and complex. However, the fact remains that while compromise, community and the recognition of the intrinsic value of of nature - has driven the South American decision. Money, (and copper mining) has driven the decision to apply for permission to cut a road through the Alaskan wilderness.
Is Chile more important than the United States? Do the Chilean people deserve more, or the North American people deserve less that the support of government to protect public lands for public benefit?
Why is the the government of the United States seeking to remove protections for National Parks, National Monuments and Public Lands while other nations worldwide are setting aside land for the benefit of generations to come.
The answer is money - and it's not worth destroying pristine wilderness for.
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Today - JANUARY 31 - is the last day to submit comments to the Bureau of Land Management. The building of this road can be halted by acting today. The Brooks Range council have all the information on how to send comments to BLM.