Mexico Diary: The Economics of Climate Change in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula

Written by Lisa Hayden on . Posted in Learn

This is Part 1 of a six-part series by Lisa Hayden, climate change writer for The Nature Conservancy, based on her recent trip to Mexico. See the rest of the Mexico Diary here.

As the world prepared to converge in Cancun for another UN conference on climate change, I was headed to the Yucatan peninsula – land of the Mayan empire ruins – to write about what The Nature Conservancy is doing there to fight “cambio climatico.”

Despite rather low expectations for the United Nations process, our in-country colleagues insisted there is good work happening, and good stories to tell from Mexico. And so, we (photographer Erika Nortemann and our host Fernando Secaira of the TNC Mérida office) were on a tight schedule to visit examples of places where emerging climate change policies touch the ground:

During my five-day trip, one theme emerged: Each place I visited was a case study in how intricately climate change is tied up with economics.

I was constantly reminded that if we are to make any progress on the issue, we must address people’s ability to make a living and raise their families in ways that produce less carbon, and otherwise avoid destroying the planet.

Lisa Hayden is climate change writer for The Nature Conservancy

Photo by: Erika Nortemann/The Nature Conservancy (Lisa Hayden on the right, eating with a family during her recent trip to Mexico.)

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