Only two days after the cleanup operation in cenote Chen Ha’, located in Dzityá (Mérida municipality), garbage is again found in the cenote and surrounding areas. This was denounced by underwater archaeologist and cave diver, Sergio Grosjean Abimerhi, the person who led the sanitation operation in the area 48 hours before.
In an image he shares on his Facebook account, Sergio Grosjean regretted that diapers recently used have been found just a few meters from the body of water.
In the place, there were also locals consuming alcoholic beverages, and as they took off, they left bottles and plastic containers all over the place.
Sergio Grosjean appears in the photo accompanied by the ejidal commissioner (comisario ejidal), José Chi, who witnessed this unfortunate situation.
As we reported, last Sunday April 21st, one ton of garbage was collected at cenote Chen Ha’.
With the support of some 200 volunteers, who came from all over the state, including children, teenagers, adults and even elderly people, it was possible to collect around one ton of solid waste at cenote Chen ha’, located in Dzityá. The garbage was collected not only from the cenote’s waters, but in the surrounding area as well. And the operation was supervised by Yucatecan underwater archaeologist and cave diver, Sergio Grosjean Abimerhi himself.
This cenote has been cleaned several times before since 2016. Last Sunday, activists expected this to be the last time the cenote had to be cleaned up, but the reality indicates otherwise.
It is absolutely absurd that the people of Yucatán do not realize the importance that the cenotes have for the life of each and every one of the individuals that inhabit this region. This total and absolute lack of respect for nature, is in itself a lack of respect for ourselves.
State and municipal authorities need to work hard to raise awareness among the population and make them understand that we have to take care of our natural resources.
The Yucatan Times Newsroom