ÿØÿà JFIF    ÿÛ „     "" $(4,$&1'-=-157:::#+?D?8C49:7 7%%77777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777ÿÀ  } }" ÿÄ   ÿÄ :    !1AQa‘¡Á"#245Bqr±ð%bsRS’Ññ$ÿÄ  ÿÄ  ÿÚ   ? ûœ\I&é! BBBKŠ ! ’ H“%{šW;¥t„ „ ©ŠÈø°ê‡Æâ×µšÁyü'©ñ¶¦wÉü’okî+ö]OÉÞ¼vTŸÂJ‰©ébu<ŽÅö%ºieê'¨‚gTJéx »••LZ£ÆðzIN¯Ïg|@7PÂä0àõïÇp?dDqlji%tT1ÄÓlã{úoÀ*M¬Ä)\×gmõKØý í‚@%Ä£Ìk.û|7vÙncЉ°ç’.èÎ`ysAÓ ¯m}>{e‘º=¼B¸¼Ïƒ¯1×9žëØEºF¿ízDSH”®‘(ÒºHDXBŠ„ ©‹{2£ä^s ¦ñ™'‡‹¡6ø‚^ötÿ *Æð|Z¼ÿ û„FnÑÛ ÝŸ0¬¯R4œ´~ö÷%ŒSl+\@³dò‡j¹‚Ä&¢ªˆûæ݈*x?aˆt˜ÏrÚÅOéÕ,²óÔî}c\æùQºÎoaW±å[Æ ¨@æàªc~¶>AÞ¬cGÌD9»¹žÑ²4³~håÜðÏ/3G|.ÛÑqí%Gl*gq/ªÈ.á.ÿ ÄÑÈ‘Û~õNc¶ÅÀÞà:—|%àSI}ÍuÏR£rÔLçDì®ÔÞöA×;@ÇÒYÕÿ +Åñ_ú›Ü¡#$¦ªCw‚Mïucˆ‰3w8Xž”ëêå‚PÖ‘k›‹®B¥õ4UKh¬j+Ä´Û<¤=Þ•÷'f<6Rí ÅíЂ¥1©hw‹æ·¡m¶ùE÷ÛU“ERÚv¼—f×E©ÃãkÀ°"è%t®•Ð‚ât‘Uk+H’¥¢ç@H%*‡Ò;f' æeÁÜ«b—–¡‘u…ߝK”¾w ‰þôFÇó©~sM MŠPg@Û]EΦe©\ ÷-¢«#üj²œÁ¡ÇîW ¢_<Ó7ÜxH4\)©üÙhnÓK ê”.Ù^È@W®vy©\8{B)}¡Qõû ±RÚ}$£M.B‘|^/›M•¹pU±/8øbM×(]›•§{nu‰´OÚÒíà®ûH¦sâÞG¤,³cÊ÷ÀÖ ¯iòºú«¾»?×ÄXâ×4\t*Ór†€Ñf¢Îs¢e\¦VfmΖºÑ‡ÁIAq+¥tŠ+,²ië¦tn ¶—#†äè˜LUïøŽ;–•ÐIæˆËÚcÚÊà|‘`¹G Φ{ÀmîZF¦Ë`”Š ’K™I¡»M·t©mŒ“?!p&Ú-2zR¹æƒ>Q$Õ·Œå-n„ðüºäÐèÅDNòwÛ~«S±"Pe°>M‹‹N®#¥LJaª•Ù ¹6ëZ ÎÚìê¤yŒ¸ A¦ài¡ „!”—IÙ³´…É RBHHQ@Ò%rŠJŠi „ „ …vŠ‘“F^òwðAÿÙ
The Colombian Post Talk, Tell, Post - Deforestation in our community

Deforestation in our community

Matapalo, 1999.

 

 

 

 

 

Matapalo, 2019

At Matapalo countryside division  in the municipality of Trinidad, Casanare, located one hour from the town, it has been presenting a serious problem of deforestation that is significantly affecting our environment. In recent years, tree felling has intensified in order to adapt large tracts of land for rice and maize crops.

Not so long ago, our land was used to breed and fatten large batches of cattle; we had some plantain or yucca crops. Then livestock farming was the main economic activity of the inhabitants of Matapalo, but then came the boom of oil companies and many inhabitants of Matapalo left their cattle ropes, shovels and spades and went after the oil dream, attracted by the high wages they could get monthly without so much physical wear and tear. But it wasn't for long, the big oil companies began to gradually withdraw from the area due to the oil price fell and the high production costs. Therefore, many inhabitants of Matapalo had to return to their lands and retake their tools now to work in the countryside.

But the oil companies did not leave without leaving their aftermath in our municipality, now we have arid soils and contaminated streams, something that makes livestock activity difficult to sustain. Livestock farming has declined not only because of the aftermath of oil companies but also because a massive felling of trees has begun on our countryside division to make way for large tracts of land with mostly rice and maize crops. The native flora of our region is in danger as is wildlife. Animals’ home such as palm bears, deer, wild boars, capybaras, agouties, lowland pacas, armadillos, and turtles is destroyed. These animals are no longer easily visible as a few years ago.

When summer comes in, it does it voraciously. High temperatures increase the death of wild animals, as do cattle. In addition, farmers are unaware of the environmental consequences of the massive use of agrochemicals. Planes are often seen spreading these poisons over the crops, but from there they also go to streams and rivers like the Pauto, killing fish and aquatic fauna. It is easy to note this situation when going to fish and out fish of small and small numbers, which inhabitants of Matapalo consume regardless of the damage it does to their health.

This situation is quite worrying, but it seems to be a minor issue for many, even the people of Matapalo, because no one acts to stop this problem. Lack of awareness of this problem prevails, and how true it is what the great scientist Albert Einstein said: "The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil but because of those who do nothing to prevent it"