Non-Bureaucratic is needed


Recently, the news reported the rupture of a dam in Ceará, in which the main social consequence was the isolation of a community because of the destruction of part of a road due to the water level.

Below, I will post some videos and pictures of the event itself, but I need to start this text by informing that nature will always take back its place and/or its original form.

Sadly, a bigger part of businesses in Brazil are still carried out without any control or environmental licensing. Around here, there is still a ruling culture of “trick” or the typical “Brazilian way”, or even the excess of self-confidence, due to the idea that nothing is going to happen as consequence of irresponsible actions.

To a better and interesting understanding, I provide below the first video where is possible to verify, schematically, that interrupting the natural flow of a river is going to cause a new dynamic and the water is going to try (at any cost) to get back to its first natural condition. There lies the danger to us!

This happens because “nature knows” what is the best for it in what concerns to territorial adaptation and energetic flow, to guarantee resilience and optimization in its processes (things that we also should learn with the environment).

The video created by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources demonstrates that when a dam is built and a river has its course changed (process used on the formation of weirs, for example) an adaptation in the mechanics of fluids and flows occurs, and the result is the attempting of returning to the natural state. In other words, the part where “there is no river anymore”, after the creation of a dam, will certainly get a new use (housing, businesses, roads, etc.) without considering that at any time that place could “be part” of the river again.

In big cities, this is very common in raining days, when roads, that are usually built above rivers or streams, become impassable because of floods that are nothing more than rivers trying to be the way they used to.

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This happens, mainly, because businesses in general are established without licensing or trustful environmental analysis, by amateurism, the lack of technical rigor and/or external pressure.

It is estimated that Ceará, nowadays, has about 300 built dams without environmental licensing.

The situation is so serious that at every moment we have news about the attempting to apply “non-bureaucratic licensing” (in quotation marks because it is an empty concept), or even about the elimination of this relevant tool of the Environment National Policy

However, the problem is not the licensing,… But the lack of it!

I am not a bureaucrat or favorable of bureaucracy. But it is necessary to consider that maybe licensing has a “bad reputation”, because of the responsible institutions and also private businesses that are not technically prepared to deal with environmental issues and its uncertainties, or are fragile on what concerns the ethical perspective, or, still, have managers that do not listen to their own technical teams.

So… the problem is not licensing, but, yes, the institutions and its managers!!!

Considering this context, and beyond the fixing of ethical issues mentioned before, I would say it is necessary and urgent to forget a bit of bureaucracy in public and private institutions. However, educating/developing sensibility on the society as a whole when related to environmental issues (nature dynamics), is good. By this, everyone could understand that nature is SYSTEMIC and that every and any human intervention will result in impacts or consequences (in short, medium, or long terms), including the businesses themselves.

Add this, the uncertainty brought by climate changing, and cumulative impacts generated by decades and decades of negligence with the environment.

It is urgent to understand that environmental analysis should be made under a “two-way street”, in other words, aiming to know:

1 – What impacts my business will bring to nature?; and

2 – What adverse systemic effects the environment could bring to my business and to society in case its dynamic is altered?

Based on that, comprehend the importance of treating environmental matters as critical factors of safety and social welfare, beyond a strategic factor for businesses, is necessary. Then, we will have the population, the business sector, and institutions living in harmony with their own habitat. In other words, finally learning to live inside their own home!

Below, video received by WhatsApp showing the moment that a road was reached by the waters of a dam and its actual situation.


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Translation: Caio Túlio Costa


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