Unitarian Speaker to Warn of San Miguel’s Impending Water Supply Challenges
By Jon Sievert
Attorney and human rights activist César Arias warns of the dangers and challenges to San Miguel’s water supply and ecosystems at this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service.
“There is a growing concern in local spheres for our World Heritage site’s viability in the coming years,” says Arias. “Beyond the deranged touristic overflow, restlessness is expanding due to the increasing and unprecedented pressure put on our environment and natural common goods that allow life in urban and rural communities. Uncontrolled housing development, the surge of industrial activity, and the extension of predatory agricultural practices are quickly fragmenting and destroying our natural ecosystems and leading to consequent biodiversity loss. But it is on water, our most essential common good, where the most serious impact is felt in its supply and quality for human use,” Arias says.
Arias is from an old, prominent San Miguel de Allende family and is a founding member of Amnesty International México. He has been a professor at the Universidad Metropolitana in México City and at the University of Veracruz, where he also worked as a journalist.
“The current ‘economic growth’ pattern can only be successful and lasting if it is sustainable based on the conservation of its natural foundation,” Arias adds. “Current public policies don’t seem to be that way at all. The new Municipal Development Plan (PMDUOET), likely to be approved this year by the local government, is tailored to favor short-term big business goals. This program summarizes and upgrades the predatory policies that the local and state government is implementing without citizen or NGO participation.”
The author of several books and publications on social and environmental issues, Arias currently serves as president of the el Charco del Ingenio botanical garden, where he has worked since its inception in 1990. He has participated in many community projects, including El Sindicato’s 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.
For more information about the UUFSMA, including our Sunday morning children’s religious education program, social action outreach, weekly discussion groups, social activities, and Care Team, join us any Sunday at 10:30am at the Hotel La Aldea or check out our website at uufsma.org
“San Miguel Adrift”
By César Arias
Sun, Nov 3, 10:30am
Hotel La Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15, Centro