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Ecologists Alarm over Ideas “Unfriendly to Environment” of Costa Rican Presidential Candidate

Ecologists Alarm over Ideas “Unfriendly to Environment” of Costa Rican Presidential Candidate

Ecologists Raise Alarm Over Ideas "Unfriendly to the Environment" of Costa Rican Presidential Candidates

The Costa Rican presidential candidate does not have concrete ideas to solve the environmental problems. However, they do offer some options for activities like trawling, mining, and oil extraction.

Several environmental groups have raised concerns about the proposals of some presidential candidates in the final stretch.

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This is why a campaign under this label #ecocidasIt circulated on social media with the intention of warning voters about candidates for the presidency who are allegedly hostile to the environment.

Environmentalists are also concerned by the controversial trawling and the Escaz Agreement, which seeks to make environmental decisions transparent, transparent, and inclusive of civil society.

Do not vote for Ecocides

Preserve Planet is the most active environmental group in this electoral campaign. They promote Inconvenient Truths, and Do Not Vote For Ecocides on their social networks. The objective is to condemn the environmental inconsistencies that some candidates for Presidency.

We won’t tell you who to vote, but we will advise you to not vote for people who ignore important issues. In recent months, we have been analyzing government programs. As they say, this has set off alarms. We know that some candidates want to start oil exploration in the country. However, we also know that it would have a negative impact on the environment and that there is a need to migrate to cleaner energy. Luis Diego Marn is the regional coordinator for Preserve Planet.

There is also concern about the lack transparency of candidates. For example, Jos MaraFigueres of Liberacin Nacional is one such candidate. He in interviews and debates with journalists assumes a completely different position to what is in his respective plans of government. One example is the orderly exploitation in Crucitas of gold, although he has stated in interviews that he does not support such a possibility.

However, many politicians put the bad things in the environment topics of their government plans according to Mauricio lvarez of the Costa Rican Federation for the Conservation of the Environment.

They generally put the best things in the environmental area. But when one reads the programs, one sees a lot more actions but not enough to say how or with which, Varez said.

Escaz Agreement

He also reminded that the issues of water resources protection, monocultures on farms and agrochemicals, as well as the Escaz Agreement, have not been addressed in the proposals of some presidential candidates.

Marine conservation

MarViva Foundation says that the majority of government plans on marine conservation lack a comprehensive strategy to protect marine ecosystems. The presidential candidates are not interested in topics such as shark conservation or trawling.

Protecting marine species is a priority for Costa Rica as a country. There is no commitment from Costa Rica at this time, and that will be a challenge for the next government, explained Katherine Arroyo (MarVivas Advocacy Manager).

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Plastic pollution

They also question the fact that, despite plastic pollution being a global emergency; the management of the proposal continues to be based on the traditional approach, which is always.

We see that plastic pollution at a broad level is treated in the same way, which does not solve it. Comprehensive, innovative and efficient care must be taken to address this problem, Arroyo said.

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