An opinion poll in the Greater Rosario on the fires in the islands revealed that 60.9% attributed the responsibility to livestock entrepreneurs, while 26.3% attributed it to the government of Entre Ríos in whose jurisdiction the islands. In relation to the consequences of the burns, a large majority indicated the loss of biodiversity in flora and fauna in the Victoria Islands as the main one, with 75.9% of those surveyed, while 22.4% indicated the “Increase in respiratory health problems”. The work, designed by Francisco Astudillo Pizarro and Gustavo Fernetti, members of the Spaces, Policies and Societies Program of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (CEI) of the UNR, highlights that 82.2% of the respondents presented a “very high” level of environmental concern, while a “very forceful 93.3%” spoke highly in accordance with the passing of a Wetlands Law to protect the islands. “There is clearly a citizen opinion on the subject, as a researcher I found it very interesting to find this circulating environmental pro”, Pizarro told Rosario/12.
The sample included 460 people, inhabitants of the Great Rosary, with ages between 17 and 84 years. According to the work, 43.5% of the respondents participate in some form of social organization. Of the total, only 5.8% of the respondents declare to participate in “Ecological Organizations”. The data collection took place between June 24 and July 3 in a particular context of a global pandemic and within the framework of one of the most extraordinary downspouts of recent decades in the Paraná River.
When asked about the current events of burns and fires on the islands, respondents noted that this year’s were “much worse” than the previous ones with 65%, while 27.4% considered the 2020 fires as “worse ”Than that of previous years. Adding both percentages show that the respondents mostly consider this year’s events as the worst remembered.
Regarding the consequences, a large majority of the respondents indicated as the main consequence the “loss of biodiversity in flora and fauna in the Victoria Islands” with 75.9% of the respondents, while 22.4% indicated the “Increase in respiratory health problems”.
Regarding actions and measures, 50.2% of those surveyed expressed “very much in agreement” with the prohibition of livestock activity on the islands, while the option of regulating this activity obtained 64.4% “in agreement” , and 17.6% stated that they “strongly disagree” with such an intervention.
Pollution from burns and fires resulted in 75% of the participants stating that the problem is “Very high urgency”, followed by 18.9% who considered it “High urgency”. There were no people who considered the problem “Without Urgency”.
“Some numbers surprised me, but what is clear is that there is a high environmental concern, but within this concern that could be of the type ‘smoke bothers me’, behind that there is a component that I call pro-environmental with an assessment of what it has to do with wetlands, nature, “said Pizarro. “This sensitivity that we were able to identify, not only in the streets but also through numbers, is very important, since only 5.8% of the total declare participating in environmental groups,” considered the researcher as surprising data.
“Organizations should read this very carefully, there is some common sense that could eventually create a bridge between these mobilized groups and the population that does not mobilize on time. It is an opportunity to put environmental issues on the agenda because there is a receptive opinion Public this type of message, and there is not always “, considered the researcher.
The document can be seen at this link, although the researchers announced that they are preparing an extended version that will be published as a digital book.