Despite the economic challenges, Mexico is advancing a series of important developments that have the opportunity to help create the Mexico of the 21st century.
We present you 5 of the largest and most important initiatives that are developed in Mexico to combat the effects of climate change on the planet. This gives us a bit of hope and sets us as an example for other countries.
Unitierra (University of the Earth) promotes spaces for meeting, learning, reflecting and acting for collective learning. The University and the collective are derived from the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle and are based on the proposal of the Indigenous Government Council of the National Indigenous Congress of Oaxaca.
The goal is to extend education beyond rural elementary and high school. It seeks to show ways of life that do not depend on markets and global economic trends to better match the interests and needs of students and their communities. Workshops and classes are given on health and natural remedies along with allopathic medicine.
Espacios Naturales y Desarrollo Sustentable A.C. (ENDESU) is a civil association with 25 years of history. It has the mission to preserve, restore and promote the sustainable use of natural resources in Mexico. They have developed more than 250 projects in Mexico and the results are evidenced in the restoration and preservation of forests, jungles and wetlands. They seek to save endangered species, use natural resources sustainably, and create well-funded projects that last beyond government terms.
Established in the state of Yucatan, Cultiva is a project started by four women who specialize in creating communities, environmental sustainability, psychology and sociology, seeking to promote community projects that blend into ecosystems and Earth.
During the months in which the pandemic has left many people without jobs and resources, it developed a project to implement Solares Mayas, patio gardens around houses with the purpose of sustaining and feeding families.
Cultiva is an extraordinary initiative where community work is the main tool to preserve and recover the ecological order.
Ríos Limpios has undertaken the enormous task of gathering people and cleaning bodies of water throughout the country. Its main objective is to remove solid waste that does not belong to the environment, while simultaneously recovering spaces, rebuilding the social fabric, and training agents of change.
They have organized 48 river cleaning brigades in which they have removed 143 tons of garbage. They have collected 95 cubic meters of recycled and/or reused PET; 1,252 volunteers, and 93 active agents of change.
They developed the first Mexican machine that efficiently recycles Styrofoam. Styrofoam is one of the most controversial petroleum derivatives because, although it is extremely cheap to produce and consume, it has a brutal environmental impact because it is not biodegradable and emits a series of highly toxic residues. his project is intended to generate a circular economy, giving new life to what seemed to be garbage. They are the only company within Mexico City environmentally authorized SEMARNAT and SEDENA for recycling polystyrene waste.