The “Fridays for the Future” movement, headed by the young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, already has an offiicial representative in Yucatán, and among the objectives is the defense of water and the remaining areas of forest in the state.
The representative of this movement in Yucatan, Isabel Bracamontes, explained that since March this year, they have been working on several different activities aimed at creating public policies to defend the environment and declare a climate alert in Mexico.
“We are losing our forests and it is urgent to act. We want to work hand in hand with the authorities and rural communities, especially those in the interior of the state, where our largest reserves of water and forests are located, as well as take care of our mangrove and peten reservoirs, ” she added.
She said that Yucatan is home to a type of ecosystem known as the “low jungle” (bosque bajo) with a couple of large biological corridors in the areas adjacent to Campeche and Quintana Roo.
The vast majority of the jungle areas that remain in the Yucatan are “low deciduous”, and do not have the same density of flora and fauna as the high forests, so it is important to preserve the few areas that remain in the entity, she stated.
Bracamontes also insisted that the issue of water care is important, because it is a vital resource on which the future of all Mexico depends.
However, activities such as pig farming, deforestation and improper handling of solid waste have already contaminated the subsoil water, and therefore, they have to take action together with other activists to curb this situation.
On the other hand, she explained that with the declaration of Climate Alert, as established by the United Nations Organization, public policies would be forced to focus on environmental policies with a human rights approach.
Another thing that they have worked on as a movement, in addition to making peaceful demonstrations, is the promotion of recycling and proper disposal of garbage, as well as helping other groups with common interests to preserve the state’s flora and fauna.
Greta Thunberg is a Swedish teenager who since last year decided not to attend school on Fridays, in order to raise awareness about climate change, which led to the worldwide “Fridays For Future” movement that seeks to make the climate crisis visible and force world leaders to come up with effective solutions t the climate change and global warming crisis.
The Yucatan Times Newsroom