Re-engineering public governance

Kruf, J.P. (2006). Sunset in the Amazon. Brazil.

The article in The New York Times today, The World’s Largest Tropical Wetland Has Become an Inferno, caught my attention. What to say? What to do? This year, roughly a quarter of the vast Pantanal wetland in Brazil, one of the most biodiverse places on Earth, has burned in wildfires worsened by climate change. What happens to a rich and unique biome when so much is destroyed? As forest ecologist (and human) it cuts through the heart that so much species and biodiversity did get lost.

It is very inconvenient to feel more or less complete powerless to protect. A personal role as a steward is hard to be found. It puzzles me, this immense loss. More so, what I can do? Who has thoughts on this? Or is democracy the process that values the largest stakeholders. Is it just that? If so the romantic idea of a ‘justice by democracy’ has gone. It was a dream scenario. We need to re-engineer our public governance, so it seems. And quickly so.