The government publishes a 5th grade textbook with nods to mining

The government publishes a 5th grade textbook with nods to mining
The government publishes a 5th grade textbook with nods to mining

In their cultural battle to develop large-scale mining in Black riverthe government of Alberto Weretilneck published a teaching manual with emphasis on the benefits of metal extractivism. The publication, intended for 5th grade primary school students, is part of a crusade to raise awareness among citizens about an activity that was never well received in the community. Patagonia and the management of Juntos Somos Río Negro (JSRN) is betting on it to improve the province’s red numbers.

Intensifying work in primary schools on the plateau, the textbook published by the Ministry of Education and Human Rights in charge of Patricia Campos It carries a letter signed by the governor and nourishes the awareness plan that has various stages in the province.

Mining in Río Negro

Called “Meet us in Río Negro, a trip through our province”, the textbook that deepens theories about the Rio Negro feeling, elaborates “a collective construction” of the provincial, Patagonian identity, and has various chapters that strengthen that perspective. One of the episodes delves into extractivism as an engine of the economy.

The fifth episode of the manual addresses energy issues. The segment reveals the capabilities of Río Negro, the historical production of hydrocarbons and a section on clean energy, such as wind energy or that generated in hydroelectric dams. The description highlights the efficiency or paradigm shift in the generation, transportation, storage and consumption of the energy produced to date.

The key to the manual is mining, a company not exempt from controversy throughout the south. The immediate precedent is the historic demonstrations in Chubutwhich led to the ejection of Peronism from the government and the arrival of a young figure like Ignacio Torres to the power.

cultural battle

It was the governor himself who announced the paradigm shift. “Río Negro is going to be a mining province, with all that it means“Weretilneck said at his inauguration on December 10. Since then, the action has deepened in the interior of Rio Negro to give a framework to the activity, approaching the living forces of an area that enjoyed the glory years for sheep farming, but that today suffers from oblivion.

The ambassador of the project was the Secretary of Mining, Joaquín Aberastain Orowho has not stopped traveling since General Roca, where it has its office, to the municipalities in which there are already investments or in those with broad prospects for the arrival of capital. The test tube is located in Jacobacci Engineerone of the most populated communes next to The Menucos.

In both communes, where uncertainty reigns due to the national economic crisis, there are expectations of a “mining invasion” that will change the lives of those who live in the region once and for all.

Disputes Manual

In the section on mining, the textbook that is already circulating in schools opens the debate in classrooms. One of the tasks asked of the students, as soon as large-scale metal extraction is presented, is to write a brief list of the perspective that families have about this productive process.

When retracing the benefits of large-scale extractivism, with examples of minerals used in tomographs or other substantial artifacts for science or daily life, we insist on the controversies that the activity brings with it.

The use of water, the reason that gave rise to the resistance between environmental organizations and organized representatives of indigenous peoples of Rio Negro, is addressed without euphemisms: it is emphasized that mining can expand with efficiency of the resources consumed and social license.

“You can coexist with mining, we are going to listen and dialogue. We are going to respect the environment and the native peoples. We respect those who say no, but there are those of us who say yes. Between no and yes, we have to find something. No without arguments, it’s a whim. “In no with arguments, the path of negotiation begins,” Weretilneck said at the beginning of his third term as governor. In search of these consensuses, the book enters the classrooms and strengthens the cultural battle.

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