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San Miguel’s Water and Ecosystems on the Brink

By Jon Sievert

Activist César Arias addresses the long-term viability and sustainability of San Miguel de Allende’s ecological infrastructure at this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship service.

UU Service
San Miguel’s Water and Ecosystems
on the Brink
By César Arias
Sun, Jul 5, 10:30am
La Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

“We are putting unprecedented pressure on the systems that allow life in both our urban and rural communities,” says Arias. “Housing development sprawl, industrial surge, and the expansion of predatory agricultural practices are quickly fragmenting and reducing ecosystems across our territory. But it is the issue of water, our very common good, where the most serious impact is being produced, both in its supply and quality. Continued economic growth can only be successful if it’s sustainable. Current plans are not.” A change of course is possible, he says, but it will only happen when authorities, investors, and decision makers feel compelled to do it by the proposals and demands from organized groups in our diverse community. “Are we ready to make those demands?” he challenges.

An attorney and human rights activist from an old and prominent San Miguel family, in recent years he has been most concerned and active on San Miguel’s water issues. He is also a founding member of Amnesty International’s Mexican Section and has been a professor at the Universidad Metropolitana in Mexico City and the University of Veracruz, where he also worked as a journalist. The author of several books and publications on social and environmental issues, Arias currently serves as President of the Botanical Garden El Charco del Ingenio, where he has worked since its inception in 1990. He has participated in many community projects, such as El Sindicato cultural center, and NGOs, including Va por San Miguel de Allende, with a focus on the defense of the cultural and natural heritage of the city.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Visitors are invited to attend the service and then join the UUs for coffee and snacks afterwards. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at


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