Monday, April 22, 2024

“Extra tourism doesn’t imply higher residing”

The environmentalists GOB, celebrating their fiftieth anniversary, now have a board made up of fourteen girls. Margalida Ramis has grow to be president, however she makes clear that there’s now a brand new collective construction by which there isn’t a place for management.

GOB first actually got here to the general public’s consideration after they have been concerned with the protests in 1977 in opposition to improvement on the island of Dragonera. These protests included an ‘occupation’ of the island.

Ramis says defence of territory and pure areas stays a key side of their efforts however that there’s now a extra international imaginative and prescient for a local weather change state of affairs. “The present method is that of an eco-social transition, calling into query an financial mannequin that consumes assets with an insatiable metabolism and which ends up in unfavourable impacts and conflicts.”

Aina Cassanyes, one of many board members, argues that limitless progress contributes to local weather change. “We’re affected by rising housing costs and it has been confirmed that extra tourism doesn’t imply higher residing. Sustainable progress is an oxymoron.”

She is crucial of the brand new authorities. “The atmosphere ministry has been eradicated and the housing decree straight impacts city planning at a municipal degree. The federal government would not discuss points comparable to vacationer limits, local weather change, the administration of pure areas or the present regulation for the welfare of future generations (which was a GOB initiative). They won’t be able to disregard it. In Europe there are actions in step with this regulation.”

Cassanyes provides: “Ecological proposals shouldn’t be perceived as a risk, however quite as a solution to construct a hopeful future for the folks. Denialism is the simplest message and politics lacks the initiative to fearlessly deal with points comparable to limits, restrictions and degrowth. There’s a lack of a world and social imaginative and prescient of the issues we face.”

Ramis factors to the federal government’s housing emergency decree being an instance of this. “As an alternative of getting a world imaginative and prescient, a decree is accepted that tries to unravel the housing downside by means of the market, with out framing it in a social method and with out counting in town halls.” (City halls can in reality veto the decree, and a few have already got.)

Defence of territory has led to a conflict with one thing that GOB imagine in, renewable energies, and that is due to the event of enormous photo voltaic parks. “We’re completely in favour of renewable energies, however not within the present means. We demand a moratorium on these power infrastructures whereas clear planning is developed. If not, planning is being determined by the market. It can’t be that agrarian, fertile and strategic land is occupied by these giant photovoltaic parks. These indicate an industrialisation of rural land.”

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