Water crisis in Mexico
By Cliff DuRand
Here in San Miguel de Allende in the arid central highlands of Mexico, the public is becoming increasingly aware of the water crisis we face. But in different ways, it is a national crisis as well. For that reason, the Center for Global Justice is presenting two events highlighting water issues and popular activism in response.
Center for Global Justice presents: 13 Pueblos: In Defense of Water, Air and Earth
Wed, Sep 18, 11am
Teatro Santa Ana
“Water Crisis in Mexico” with Elisa Servin and Octavio Rosas
Wed, Sep 18, 5pm
On Wednesday, Global Justice will screen 13 Pueblos: In Defense of Water, Air and Earth. This documentary chronicles citizens from 13 Morelos villages and their struggle against environmental degradation from human misuse and industrial and commercial projects brought on by NAFTA. To keep from plummeting into poverty under this new system they had three choices—joining guerilla forces, drug trafficking, or emigration. Instead, these 13 pueblos, or villages, led by a Council of Elders, joined forces and began protesting. Following the film, Atahualpa Caldera, who was involved in making it, will lead a discussion of the film and campesino resistance.
Global Justice will also present a panel discussion featuring two of the organizers of the Permanent People’s Tribunal that will take place on Friday. Those daylong hearings (in Spanish) will consider testimony about the devastation of Mexico’s water resources. Acting as an ethical court, the Tribunal seeks to give voice to public opinion and mobilize officials to respond. The panel will give a preview of the Tribunal to English speakers. Panelists include Elisa Servín, historian with the National Institute of History and Anthropology (INAH) and economist Octavio Rosas of ANAA. It will be moderated by Atahualpa Caldera, director of GAIA, a local nonprofit environmental group.