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Forum Seeks To Reimagine a Sustainable San Miguel

By Liz Mestres

Is San Miguel de Allende really “the best small city in the world”? Conde Nast’s Traveler magazine has named San Miguel as the Number 1 “Top Small City Outside the U.S.” and the “Friendliest City in the World.” The designation is certainly understandable to those of us who love San Miguel—the city is very beautiful, vibrant, and inviting. But wouldn’t we have to ignore the fact that we are running out of water and that many wells are now contaminated with arsenic and fluoride? That we are building large developments of luxury housing while some 66 percent of the city’s population lives in poverty?  That our ecosystem is severely strained by industrial agriculture and long-term processes of desertification and deforestation?

Fortunately, San Miguel’s diverse population is known for its social responsibility and its many active social organizations. Within our community, we have wide-ranging knowledge and experience in how to solve all of these problems. Yet, the situation is becoming more and more urgent and is shared across Mexico and around the world. There are now significant global movements that see these challenges as unpostponable and a priority for all of us.

To address the broad and interrelated dimensions of the socioenvironmental problems that we face, a multidisciplinary team in the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) has produced The Environmental Agenda 2018 (agendaambiental2018.susmai.unam.mx/) which analyses the key themes of water, biodiversity, forests, cities, energy transition, oceans and coasts, mining and extractivism agriculture, soil and food sovereignty, environmental human rights, and public policy.

The goals of The Environmental Agenda 2018 include:

  • To place socioenvironmental issues at the center of the public agenda
  • To promote citizen participation
  • To promote the production of pertinent, reliable, transparent and accessible information about the state of ecosystems and natural resources, and the socioenvironmental impact of production methods, megaprojects and public policy
  • To promote the integral management of environmental issues across public agencies
  • To promote environmental justice

On Friday, September 7, at 5 pm, we will present the first in a series of monthly discussions to explore ways The Environmental Agenda 2018 could help us to “Reimagine San Miguel.” We will be joined by the Agenda’s coordinator, Leticia Merino, who will provide an overview of the project on the national level. Graciela Martínez from the Center for Agricultural Development (CEDESA), and Henry Miller, from El Maíz Más Pequeño and the Watersheds, People, Water and Climate Change Project, will address the rich history of socioenvironmental education and activism in our area. The event will take place at the Centro Impulso Social Cuevitas on the Calzada de la Estacion, S/N Las Cuevitas.

This monthly series is being organized by The Education Collaborative (educacionymedioscolaborativos.org) and was initiated by El Sindicato and the Center for Global Justice along with the Instituto de Educación en el Campo, Tianguis Orgánicos de San Miguel de Allende (TOSMA), and El Charco del Ingenio. All programs will be bilingual with translation.

 

Forum

The Center for Global Justice and El Sindicato Cultural Comunitario presents

Reimagining San Miguel de Allende as a Sustainable Community

With Leticia Merino, Graciela Martínez, and Henry Miller

Fri, Sep 7, 5pm

Centro Impulso Social Cuevitas

Calzada de la Estacion, S/N, Las Cuevitas

 

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