The past week heralded in Cancun the annual climatic world conference. Its an amazing feat to bring people from all over the world to come together in one place,to help solve and resolve issues pertaining to the climate changes that is happening around the world. I am by no means an expert but am aware of the changes that are happening.
As anyone noticed the changes here in Yucatan over the last couple of years? As I have to drive to Merida ,at times, I have noticed how dry the grasses are which is unusual for this time of yea r , more small fires have burnt a lot of the side road grasses too. Even around my place the garden needs constant water for the plants. The earth is dry and cracking, again unusual for this time of year.
Thanks to President Calderon who worked relentlessly to bring these people here to Mexico. And what a boost for the tourist trade.
After the conference was over, many stayed on to explore more of the Yucatan Peninsula and found joy around every corner. Let’s hope this will show Mexico in a different light after all the bad publicity it receives.
A few of these people stopped by the restaurant to eat and some to stay a night or two. One couple ,from France, who are scientists explained a few things to me whilst staying here that really got me thinking.I was amazed when they explained that the first area to feel the changes would indeed be here in the Yucatan Peninsula, Cuba and the even Florida.
They told me that within 20 years Yucatan will be only grass land and a great depletion of water .My mind instantly went to , how will the people survive, especially in the small villages like St Elena . This would mean there would be no wood to chop for their kitchens (most still cook on open flame) No water to grow corn ,wash, bathe or drink!
20 Years time is not that far away , time is short and the time is now to help conserve as much as we can.
I had another interesting conversation with another couple from San Louis Potosi .Both are professors in their own town . We got talking about ecological stuff and how to conserve at least some trees. He said he would send me information of how to cook on a little amount of firewood building a unique stove structure.. I am interested to see how this would be and may see if we cant implement it here in St Elena .
There came a diplomat from Brazil with his lovely wife and family and we chatted much on the same lines.
A journalist from Canada who highly praised a Mexican lady in keeping a meeting under control and together.
All in all a very interesting week of very fine and interesting people.
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