Suffering in paradise
If there is still a place in Brazil that can be called paradise, pristine, certainly the oceanic archipelago of Fernando de Noronha is one of the very few of those places. It is not by chance that it is a World Heritage Site, this paradise is still well preserved, with firm preservation protocols such as restricting the number of people and the maximum length of stay for tourists on the island, as well as the maximum and number of combustion vehicles. It can really be said that it is an area of the highest environmental importance that resists environmental degradation – and industrial interests without environmental responsibility – with all its strength.
But unfortunately from time to time some degrading monster appears casting its shadow over this beautiful island. And not for the first time, the threat comes again comes in disguised need and false dependence on fossil fuels in our society. That’s right, underwater drilling for oil and gas extraction once again threatens Fernando de Noronha’s ecological balance.
Big eye pointed at the bottom of the sea
Anyone who has been following the environment in Brazil for a long time, knows very well that there is a piercing industrial monster that seems to live in a tower in Brasilia and that lives like a King Kong of evil, at the top of the tower with binoculars watching over which preserved areas are careless or neglected. And when he finds it, he points out all his political bureaucratic monetary weapons in this area, triggering pseudo-legal measures and auctions to create lots of oil prospecting offered for sale. Abrolhos, Atol das Rocas and now Noronha, now and then become targets of this money mining machine.
And the most absurd is that Fernando de Noronha had everything to be an exemplary model of preservation and good examples, such as clean, wind and solar energy, electric cars and motorbikes, in addition to other initiatives showing the rest of Brazil the direction of the future.
I have already been to Noronha a few times and there it is still one of the few places in Brazil, and unfortunately in the world too, where we can be relatively sure of seeing sharks swimming calmly in their natural environment. Despite the old practice of “Bolinho de Tubalhau”- shark meat croquette -, which seems to have finally ended … Can any recent visitor to the island confirm this? Notify us!