Legendary assembly not the mine (Esquel – Chubut – Argentina)

Legendary assembly not the mine (Esquel – Chubut – Argentina)

Tourism is based mainly on nature, environments, rivers, mountains, lakes: if we analyse it carefully we will see that it is something very delicate, to which they must be given all the support so that they do not produce hecatombs that everything destroys it.

The population of the city of Esquel – Chubut – Argentina (today about 40.000 inhabitants) towards the year 2000 began to retrace a difficult, hard, complicated path for this mountainous region. A mining area was prowling (the Andes mountain range has multiple riches in its bowels) practically on the doors of that city. Megaminería was the word “cursed”, these projects are open sky, not already with those remembered tunnels of yesteryear, literally fly the mountains… and not only this, the posterior is almost worse (for the case of Gold and silver mines) for the “washing” of metals s E uses water with cyanide, with which millions and millions of liters of the best water in the world (product of thaws, glaciers, etc.) are contaminated by cyanide components – highly toxic – and the region?, what about wild animals?, and nature all?, And the inhabitants?… that is: This which is really paradisiacal, would be transformed into large tunnels, courses of poisoned water, and much of the population would surely leave this area.

On the other hand: “Supposed Labor/labor” that would give mining: temporary… gains for the country? Meagre!, also destroying an unprecedented heritage.

On the other hand there are National parks: “On 7 July 2017 UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) declared World Heritage site at 188.379 hectares of Los Alerces National Park, of which more than seven thousand They protect millenary forests of larch (Fitzroya cupressoides), with specimens that reach 2600 years of existence. ”

Before the advance of the municipal government and province, in the year 2002 the purchase of the mining project was officialized by the company that is dedicated for this purpose; It reacts immediately the Esquelense Community: Assembly convened parallel to the situation the deliberative Council of the city calls a popular plebiscite (March 23, 2003). Almost 82% vote for no to mining and cyanide, the Deliberative Council sanctioned Ordinance No. 33/2003, which declared Esquel municipality non-toxic and environmentally sustainable. A great defeat for mining in Chubut-Argentina.

Either way the fight goes on. Multiple interests, pressures, but there is the autoconvened assembly of ESQUEL that will mark directions to other Argentine assemblies.

On the 4th of each month together with the population, march through the streets of the city… preach, true teaching in schools, clubs, community; They simply fight for better living conditions, by a nature as similar as we receive it, so that these beauties are known for many generations to come.

From the personal I think that this House is an example in all aspects: Union, defense of the common good, to privilege these lands, to defend this patrimony… So when we say “tourism” lightly, it would be really interesting before traveling, knowing minimally to the point of arrival (reading, video, etc.). Once in the place, to devote to deepening this knowledge in situ: All that baggage of of knowledge, struggles and sacrifices of each place will give us an annexed richness in each trip.

We should never forget: The human being is a “social bug”, of interaction, relationship… to grow? Punctually should: interact precisely.

Mining conflict

As of the year 2002, the community of Esquel and the province of Chubut took a definitive knowledge of the imminent start of the mining operation in the Esquel cordon. The government of the province, through its mining director, the geologist Guillermo Hughes, made public the claims of the mining company El Desquite S.A. (obtained that same year by Meridian Gold of Canada) to begin the stage of exploitation of the gold deposit and Silver located 6, 5 km from the city and whose exploration had been going on for about 3 years. In this way, groups of neighbors and some professionals of the local headquarters of the National University of Patagonia developed from June to November numerous talks and tables of debate on the problematic, even visiting schools of primary level and Polymodal to share w

ith the young people the information that was obtained and that was ostensibly coincidunt with that provided by the Government and the mining company. In the month of October, local assemblies began to be held, and all the sectors critical to entrepreneurship came together. Thus, the second Assembly held on 4 December 2002 was unanimously pronounced by the 600 attendees by the NO to the mine. From there it began with a series of activities: information on tables installed in the public thoroughfare, painted in the street in front of the office of the mining, allegorical murals, artistic festivals, lectures in other locations that also expressed their rejection To entrepreneurship and 4 mobilizations with the participation of a growing number of opponents to the mine. This social movement traverses this community by integrating people from all sectors of society, professionals, traders, unemployed, workers, etc. and outside the partisan apparatus. In this context, large sectors of tourist traders and OSPJN also pronounced against the mine, resulting in a severe rupture within the local Chamber of Commerce, whose top leaders had agreed with the mining business that correspond to their Cabiya companies (provision of fuels, construction, supply of lime, etc.). In this way a very important public debate was installed, never seen in this city and whose scopes have been held at national level. The project is located 6 km in a straight line of the city of Esquel, Department of Futaleufú, Province of Chubut, in the Argentinean Patagonia. 7 km from La Hoya Winter resort. And about 20 km from Los Alerces National Park. The issue of water has been central to the conflict. The questioning of the project from this flank were diverse: affecting the supply of water for human consumption in Esquel, possible water pollution, hydraulic connection between the Laguna Willimanco and the mining project, etc. There are several reports on this topic attached as documents on this tab

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