5 days ago
It's terribly dry now in Puerto Natales, everyone thinks because it's Patagonia and the far south, it just rains all the time. No, it does rain more in the deep fjords and mountains but a really dry summer has the trees turning brown already. The water problem in Puerto Natales is real and serious for us as the industries plan on sharing our water with a new mega salmon plant, three processing fish plants, the damages it will cause the in the nearby future is looked over as money is shared among local politicians in the region. Thousands come to see Torres del Paine, few know an open coal mine was approved last year only 15 km from town, 4 km from where the town's water supply. Few know the entire Salmon industries from the northern island of Chiloe and Puerto Montt is now being moved into Magallanes as the water is no longer suitable and is contaminated due to the last 25 years of heavy farmed fishing and salmon companies have created dead zones in the north Patagonia. Puerto Natales is to be the new headquarters of the salmon farmed industries as the mega companies are now installed here.
Yes it's beautiful here, but also know the lack of a single recycling plant in the region puts all the tourists trash along with local, into massive open dumps. All trash goes south of town around 10 miles the dump is in the water and the liquids, batteries, metal, and all other materials are deposited to the open air.
Here the air is clean for now, the peaks and trails that invite us to adventure are all around us. But what about giving this famous place a future?
Little things help.
Don't buy bottled water, you can refill from any tap, the straws and plastic spoons end up floating in the fjords.
Don't eat the local farmed Salmon, its an introduced species and killing the Patagonian waters.
It's up to everyone who comes here to do their part, as this place is not mine or the locals but in a way it's yours too.
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