At 67 years old, the Mexican activist Patricia ruiz corzo was recognized with the award “Heroine of Mexico”, awarded by the group Global Citizen, for his tirelesse defense of the Sierra Gorda de Querétaro, in the center of the country.
“I see a hurt Mexico, with depleted natural resources”, stated in an interview with EFE.
Ruiz Corzo currently lives in the Queretaro municipality of Jalpan de Serra, from where through the organization of the Sierra Gorda Ecological Group that she herself founded in 1987, directs efforts to preserve a very large area with a very particular dynamic.
The defense of the Sierra
The Sierra Gorda de Querétaro has altitudes above 3,000 meters and is classified as an ecological reserve. “It is a very complex reserve because there are 384,000 hectares, with 638 communities where those communities of extreme poverty own the land,” said the activist.
Achieving the conservation of natural resources implies generating many opportunities for economic development, social development, and the formation of an ecological culture among citizens.
Ruiz Corzo’s activism has focused on the sustainability through the environmental education and social programs: teaching the inhabitants of the Sierra Gorda to manage waste, change their habits to reduce the environmental impact and above all, offer alternatives to activities such as livestock due to its harmful effects on the environment.
They are forest owners who receive payments for excluding livestock and allowing natural regeneration. That is the great bet of the Sierra Gorda, which still has a lot of energy from nature. And if you remove livestock from extensive grazing and leave the forest without that grazing: that is the great opportunity to strongly mitigate climate change
For Paty, as people know her, another great problem that is experienced in this ecological reserve all year round is that of the arson, with the additional difficulty represented by the impunity that prevails when prosecuting this type of environmental crime.
There is no lack of a scoundrel to start a fire. And that is the worst threat to this great service factory in the Sierra Gorda, this biosphere reserve. The most diverse eco nationwide
“The impunity we are in. Unfortunately, there is no longer an environmental authority to assist us when there is a daring person who started a fire and you know who he is. And that impunity, that nothing happens, that’s the worst, ”he added.
Fight against poverty and the climate crisis
Global Citizen, which has just recognized the struggle of Ruiz Corso, is an organization that seeks eradicate extreme poverty in the world before 2030. This group considers that the climate crisis is one of the factors that can most affect the phenomenon of poverty.
For Ruiz Corzo the consequences are already palpable so the outlook is looking increasingly complicated.
That is the worst threat: climate change, drier years, less and less rain. Years that it was not cold enough: the pests are going up
“I see a damaged Mexico, a Mexico with its natural resources depleted, I see an exposed Mexico. And understand, friends: if we don’t have nature, who regulates the climate for us? “, the aguardiana abounded.
Therefore, the key is in the change of way of life. Something that the Sierra Gorda Ecological Group has already managed to implement in the inhabitants of the biosphere reserve. However, the challenge is to bring this sustainable model to the whole world.
Get ready for a drastic change in our way of life. Because it is not possible for our planet to support a society of so many millions and millions of people with those barbaric consumption habits that do not fill, that are not satisfied
That is why for Paty, the Global Citizen award goes to the entire team that has promoted a change in the Sierra Gorda.
“With an acknowledgment not to Paty Ruiz Corzo or to the ecological group: there are many of us who work in favor of Mother Earth in the Sierra Gorda,” he said.
With information from EFE
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