|This beautiful girl asked |
for 5 pesos before I took the picture.
|Kids fishing in Chacahua, Oaxaca.|
|This little guys need some shoes!|
|This guys need access to water!|
|Only 2 Billion people have |
access to washing machines.
2 out of 7 humans.
|Inequality in Mexico is increasing, |
as a result insecurity has made better off
mexicans to start living in private streets
that slowly become bunkers from reality.
|Santa Fe, Mexico.|
Unsustainability at its peak.
|Just a nice house.|
The richest man in the world...
is not American, he is Mexican.
Makes sense since Mexico
is the richest country in the world...
On the one hand, you have those that do believe that things are going well, they do not want to see the problems. They have famous replies like: "The poor are poor because they chose to". I remember a conversation in the vicinities of Columbia University with a friend of mine, I mentioned the term sustainable development. My friend replied: "That is a meaningless concept! It just idealistic crap and what does that mean anyway". I replied with serenity: "I believe you are mistaken, the concept is actually the most important of all. Sustainable development is the process of achieving wellbeing in a durable manner. Economic development (not infinite growth) that is socially equitable and environmentally responsible taking into consideration the present and the future generations".
This is not at all an abstract thought or an idealistic concept. It has many ambiguities that we need to clarify, true. But it's about the fact that we live in a finite planet, with finite resources, that require certain systems to work in a determined way to maintain ecosystem services working in certain margins so that we may use these resources to increase our wellbeing and satisfy our needs in a way that allows for future generations to enjoy at least the same level of wellbeing we are having today. Of course for the whole system to be stable (I said stable not static!) you need to make sure that every community in the planet has access to a minimum level of wellbeing (it does not mean that we will all be equal!). My friend stood up when I pronounced the socially just words and replied angrily that that was not possible, almost calling me a communist (which apparently is the worst insult one can receive). I did not reply, there are times when there is just nothing to be said...
But the worse kind in this category are those that know what is wrong and they want to take advantage that they are on the good side of things (above the airline --- Hans Rosling concept of the Billion people around the world who have the possibility to fly for leisure once every year). After a couple of drinks in a certain party, someone said to me: "stop your blablabla Stephane, we are here because we want POWER". Straight from a scene of star wars...
|Rural house in Dominican Republic|
|Slum in Iztapalapa.|
The most populous and highest
growing Municipality in the Country.
|I saw this stencil in Mexico this May.|
It promotes extremism, I don't like it.