In an article published on December 13, 2011, Mexican officials state that more than one million hectares of crops have now been damaged by extreme dry conditions, with some farmers saying they have seen hardly any rain the entire year.
In mid-November, National Meteorological Service General Director Felipe Adrián Vázquez Gálvez reported that more than 70% of Mexico’s total area was drought stricken and experts now estimate that 80,000 families in the state of Chihuahua alone could be seriously impacted.
The government is offering subsidies to small farmers in an attempt to compensate for their losses, as well as delivering water to remote areas in need.
However, meteorologists have also forecast that the dry weather is likely to continue throughout the winter. Scientists in Mexico have begun working to address the issue with fellow researchers in the southwestern United States, where unprecedented drought also continues to persist.
We appreciate the efforts of Mr. Gálvez and other experts in raising awareness of this urgent drought crisis. May governments and individuals alike strive to alleviate such conditions through our more conscientious stewardship of the ecosphere.
Speaking with concern of the planetary emergency during a June 2011 videoconference in Mexico, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed the devastating drought in the nation, as well as what must be done to stop climate change.
Sources: France24, El Universal, Pulso