LISTENING to the news one can not help to wonder if most people forget that premise about millions of cows eating grass, therefore they can not be mistaken.
The people named as directors of agencies dealing with the whole environmental scene may have credentials and good will to fix all the mistakes made for the last four decades by those before them.
However, many have forgotten, that perceived mistakes, were not really such for banks/ highway and housing developers.
That on one hand, on the other, even environmental crusaders stuck with their own agendas, too often look the other way to maintain their relations and own interests with the powerful and government agencies when arguing against this or that.
The crusaders seem mostly interested in preserving the beaches clean of garbage, not concerned with the quality of the fresh and salt water with tons of fecal matter thrown daily for decades in every body of water in the four cardinal points.
The urban context, the surviving flora and fauna are rarely, or never perceived or any part in their views or arguments against this or that. That explains the infatuation with clean beaches without thinking for one moment of cleaning streets, avenues, sidewalk, abandoned structures and their surroundings, except when one murder makes the headlines or junkies pass away with an over dose in those spaces.
Puerto Rico, and many regions of the world do not need more highways or construction, but the contrary. A moratorium of any construction for five years. That way the money, the effort should be directed to restore or implode the hundreds of structures abandoned by their proprietors.
It is a nightmare. Down here the environmentalists of every niche, are unable to understand this simple issue. Where I live, there are less and less birds and insects, thanks to the noise and pollution from thousands of vehicles day and night.
The problem, is their tribalism, the inability to understand the whole. One example will help illustrate the concept. Every town and city plant whatever tree, bush, plant, they think looks good without any real knowledge of what they are doing, in streets, avenues, highways and sidewalks..in a short or long run.
Every tree in the San Juan metro area is unacceptable and hazardous, lifting the sidewalks, clog and break water pipes,
entangle the electrical wires, drop tons of organic waste with seeds, leafs and dead branches, making the strolling an obstacle course.
There is no interest in creating a pragmatic, aesthetic environment.
My impression is that the problem does not exist for the bureaucrats and the mostly jerks defending their little environmental niche. Most think that money along, preferably from government agencies will solve every obstacle.
Unfortunately, that is not the case. As with construction, a moratorium of planting anything like imbeciles should be declared.
What is needed is an inventory of every tree to determine the damage they cause in every urban context. To prohibit their use and
establish fines for people planting the wrong trees.
One idea that would create income for the state is to control every individual and company doing any kind of landscaping maintenance and installing. Too many jerks are into it, without credentials, motivated only for profits.
Blow and cut landscaping companies should be heavily taxed, inspected and regulated, to stop the anarchy and destruction their stupidity, avarice and ignorance have caused all over the island.
This must include every municipality doing any landscaping.
To illustrate some of these points, check the creative ways
former mayor Santini, got rid of weeds for the last twelve years in San Juan, risking life and health of pedestrians and pets in our metro area. Here is the terrorist with trimmer.
Let the record show that I informed pig headed Nuno our representative, with a solution without response 3 times. Glysophate, would get rid of weeds without much toxic damage, once every six months, instead of this noisy, primitive and messy way to do it. They never cleaned after themselves.
that is that