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Wetlands Law Now!

WHAT ARE THE DELTA WILDFIRES?

Since January, the grasslands of the islands located on the banks of the Paraná River in Argentina have been burning furiously. What started as a typical agricultural practice has reached an uncontrollable point and the consequences are devastating. According to various reports, the first outbreaks multiplied rapidly and have already affected 350 square miles that were previously in perfect condition.

After several weeks, the fire continued to spread, generating great damage not only to the vegetation and wetlands of the area, but also to over 500 native animal species. Reptiles, such as iguanas and snakes, which take refuge in the tree trunks during the winter, have lost those shelters to survive this time of year. Weasels, ferrets and turtles that couldn’t escape the flames have burned to death. Native birds had to escape, leaving behind their nests and their offspring. Because of all this, specialists are calling these events a true ecocide.

The human population has also been affected, since the residual smoke covered dozens of cities in the provinces of Entre Rios, Santa Fe and Buenos Aires. The simple act of breathing has become difficult for the inhabitants of these areas, many of whom now need medical attention to treat respiratory diseases.

New burned areas can be seen every day, where the fire is fierce and difficult to control or extinguish. The progress of this disaster is assured unless it’s stopped and measures are taken so that this never happens again.

WHAT IS BEING DONE NOW?

This question becomes more urgent with each passing day and the environment needs a solution as soon as possible.
In the midst of a great drought and with no rainfalls, firefighters who venture into the Delta islands are often overcome by the size of the flames and require more tools to accomplish their goal.
Meanwhile the population continues to see everything from their homes and demands both an end to this problem and the passing of a Wetlands Law to protect these areas throughout the country. With the support of all the provinces, by providing an inventory of the areas that would be protected under this legislation, preventive measures could already be taken and any activity that endangers ecological integrity could be banned.
To raise global awareness of this issue, we broke into WindowSwap, a website created during the lockdown with over a million visits a month.
The site shows different views from many beautiful places in the world, but when it gets to Rosario, peaceful images change into photos of flames and smoke that hundreds of families see from their windows. You can visit WindowSwap and find the video here.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

You can share this information to make the subject visible and support the approval of the Wetlands Law in Argentina. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #LeyDeHumedalesYa (Wetlands Law Now)