“Development” and Extraction: Water Scarcity in Chiapas

The colors of the May rains. How many greens can there be? The green of the grass reflected in the hanging dewdrops, the shadowy greens of the river cypresses, the purple green, the silent green of the pines, the dignity in the stillness of the fog that surrounds the scene; a mountain slope of conifers and oaks whose roots support the thin soil of the highlands. How can this be the place where we hear about water problems? How can these greens coincide with water scarcity? Unlike the Mexican states of Oaxaca and Guerrero, with large deserts, Chiapas is known …

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Zapatista girl in blue shirt

Lupita’s Secret – bilingual

“El Secreto de Lupita” cuenta la historia de cómo las comunidades organizadas del sureste mexicano resisten ante los megaproyectos del mal gobierno. “He disfrutado mucho este trabajo porque creo firmemente que es importante explorar con dispositivos narrativos diferentes que sean didácticos, creativos y, por qué no, divertidos. “

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With Zapatista women leading ~ another cycle of life begins in Chiapas.

March 8, 2019 ~ International Women’s Day Today, indigenous Zapatista women throughout the highlands of Chiapas are selecting the fattest grains of corn from last year’s harvest for this year’s planting. Their strong hands skillfully shuck the seed from the mazorca.“These seeds, you see here, look. These go in the big basket,” she says, indicating the plump golden kernels from bottom of the cob. Her technique seems effortless as she demonstrates for her ‘Schools for Chiapas’ visitors. The smaller kernels at the top and any kernels that show the tiny holes of insect damage are placed in a separate basket, …

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Summer 2019 Research Fellowship

Español abajo Problem: Many springs and wells that provide water to rural indigenous communities throughout Chiapas, Mexico are drying up; this situation is creating an immediate crisis.  The long-term prognosis for water systems in rural Chiapas looks worse. Research position and objectives: Schools for Chiapas seeks an experienced researcher to carry out a detailed literature survey of academic and practical studies investigating forest-based ecosystems that have attempted to maintain and/or restore water table levels and recharge springs in the face of a drying environment.  The results of this three month research investigation will be used to implement climate-change abatement strategies …

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