After massive layoffs at Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans, leading ocean scientists - and the environment itself - will suffer the consequences.
The action, emblematic of conflict throughout Latin America between local people and multi-national mining corporations, resulted in violent confrontation.
In Patagonia, an exotic natural region of southern Chile, efforts to begin reforestation are commencing.
News that a gas extraction process which triggered two earthquakes is likely to resume brought a surge of protest bubbling to the surface on Tuesday.
Senseless killing of bears, wolves and caribou can be avoided, but the Canadian oil industry and government are putting profits before responsible environmental welfare.
The case could mean that the days of corporations getting away with massive human rights abuse without legal consequence may be coming to an end.
There is growing concern that Canada is rapidly becoming a petro-state. And in this shift, manufacturing jobs are disappearing.
Aysen protest groups coalesced under the slogan "Aysen, your problem is my problem." The government in Santiago received their demands on February 25.
"I am alive today," said Francois, now 47. "But part of the farming population is going to be sacrificed and is going to die because of this."
An indigenous-led government at odds with an indigenous opposition exemplifies one contradiction surfacing during the fight.