Facing Our Water Crisis
By Robin Loving
According to a New York Times article earlier this year, small communities in our Mexican state of Guanajuato are dying due to the lack of water, water that exists but is being used free to irrigate fields that grow produce for US supermarkets. The same article notes that this is part of a NAFTA agreement and that the low water table is contaminated with arsenic and fluoride that is causing illness in bones, kidneys, and teeth of rural citizens.
“Facing San Miguel’s Water Crisis”
By Robin Loving
Tue, Oct 18, 12:30pm
Address: Salida a Querétaro 1
Come to Rotary Tuesday, October 18, to hear Mario Hernandez explain our water crisis and what can be done about it. The presentation will be free and in English at 12:30pm, Hotel Misión, Salida a Querétaro 1. Hernandez is a Rotary Citizen of the Year who has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sociology and underground water and integrated watershed management.
“Last March a water forum took place at the El Charco del Ingenio, San Miguel’s botanic garden,” said Hernandez. From it came a manifesto summarizing the dire water situation, emphasizing the increasing pollution of our aquifer derived from unsustainable extractive methods. The manifesto implores state and federal authorities to implement public policies to address the crisis that threatens the public good and a fundamental human right to clean water. The manifesto was formally submitted in April to the authorities, but no response has yet come from officials.
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