Ah, Chile. Whereas not sometimes high of thoughts for the common American, the unassuming coastal strip has quietly turn into a type of … yang to our yin. The delicate floral sucking candy to our taste-bud-annihilating chocolate-caramel-peanut butter-sour-red-hot mouth bomb.
And, more and more, they’re the #RESIST window sticker to America’s MAGA hat.
Whereas the Trump administration rolls back LGBTQ protections, Chile’s president is touting a marriage equality bill. Whereas dozens of U.S. states are attempting to manage out as many Deliberate Parenthood clinics because the legislation will permit, Chilean lawmakers not too long ago relaxed the nation’s abortion ban, which was one of many world’s strictest (although their new legislation carves out a number of exceptions, the process continues to be largely banned in Chile, however nonetheless — progress!).
Now, the thin South American nation is as soon as once more enjoying the U.S.’s bizarro world doppelganger — by siding with a bunch of penguins in a dispute with a mining firm.
In response to an AFP report, Chile not too long ago killed a $2.5-billion iron-mining mission to save lots of the well being (and, probably, lives) of 1000’s of the waddly little birds.
The mission was slated to be constructed simply south of three islands the place over 80% of the world’s Humboldt penguins live and would come with a port to ship iron all around the world. A overview by 14 companies discovered that the plan didn’t sufficiently assure that the animals wouldn’t be affected.
“We aren’t in opposition to financial growth or tasks which can be crucial for the nation’s progress, however they have to provide enough options for the impression they’ll have,” Setting Minister Marcelo Mena advised the AFP.
That is not simply the polar reverse of what the U.S. would do. It is the polar reverse of what the U.S. authorities really is doing.
In August, the Inside Division outlined a plan to prioritize oil extraction over efforts to protect the greater sage-grouse, a grassland fowl that appears just like the result of an unforgettable evening between a peacock, a porcupine, and a tarantula.
Earlier this 12 months, the Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, beneath President Trump, canceled an Obama-era rule designed to guard whales and sea turtles from fishing nets.
In the meantime, the Trump administration needs to explode mountaintops so badly they’ve stopped studying whether doing so is detrimental to the health and safety of animals — and human beings — that live nearby.
It is not simply Chile stepping up both, at the very least the place safeguarding the pure world all of us share is worried.
Simply ask the 195 other countries that signed the Paris Climate Accord — which commits events to holding the Earth’s temperature rise beneath two levels Celsius — that President Trump introduced the U.S. would quickly be leaving.
All of it provides as much as a fairly clear message: The remainder of the world is getting with this system, whereas the U.S. authorities is sitting right here, arms folded, hoping uncommon birds can modify to a coal mud and jagged pebble food plan.
Need the U.S. to get again on the bandwagon? You possibly can let your elected representatives know how you feel and assist out teams, just like the Environmental Protection Fund, which can be pushing back against regulation rollback.
Within the meantime, because of their pals in Chile, a number of thousand penguins are attending to have a good time the information of a lifetime. It might not be taking place in the usof-A, but it surely’s a Hollywood ending all the identical. (Anybody know how to say “Morgan Freeman” in Spanish?)