30 October 2007

© Franklin J. Viola, Viola Photography. 2007  All Rights Reserved.

Coralina / Colombia, SA

Almost every island I've journeyed to has a conservation group committed to protecting local resources. Unfortunately, these volunteer-staffed one-room sheds often lack the "teeth" to implement true environmental enforcement. Coralina, the coastal/oceanic management authority of Colombia (governed by "locals" as well as politicians) recently shut down two wealthy ocean front hotels on the resort island of San Andres due to improper waste containment. Imagine mothers, kayakers and fishermen bringing to halt business in the city of Atlanta which over the last two decades has found it cheaper to pay the EPA's daily fine of $20K for discharging raw sewage into the Chattahoochee River rather than fixing the city's antiquated waste system. Reckon our kids and grandchildren would appreciate clean water ...

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