The low budget for the environmental sector and the incomplete re-design of the Semarnat has stricken protected natural areas and forested regions. Violence against Earth defenders and megaprojects pushed by the federal government continue.
Raul Romero reflects on the rising influence of the military-industrial complex in Mexico. “When the military are predominant members of the power elite, Mills reflected, what they seek is expansion. Hopefully we still have time to shut them down.”
“For large companies we have never ceased to be a banana republic.” As megaprojects and governmental programs make their way into the Chiapas countryside, international companies take advantage of increased displacement.
“Pedro Uc Be reminds us of those poets that in wars past took the side of the most just, the most humane causes. In this war for territory and for life, the poetry of Pedro is a poetry that lives and gives life, and positions itself against the plunder.”
Representatives of Zoque, Tseltal, and Tzotzil agrarian centers of Chiapas rejected megaprojects inside of their territories, this in the context of the “Third Gathering of the Popular Ejidal and Communal School,” on account of the fact that capitalism, transnational companies and governments continue to promote mechanisms to deepen the extractive model.