Thanks once again for cleaning up our Mexico
Thanks to all of you, the third edition of the Limpiemos Nuestro México (LNM) cleanup campaign was a great success, which we can all share and enjoy.
About 3,312,000 people organized in 82,500 brigades participated, and together collected 17,000 tons of garbage in four hours. This effort received the support and participation of 40,000 schools, the Environmental Ministry (SEMARNAT), the Public Education Ministry (SEP), and Grupo Bimbo. With this, we have shown that it is possible to transform our environment, and in addition, the LNM campaigns are a great opportunity to display leadership and show our love for Mexico.
I have to say that at the beginning we were somewhat lethargic, skeptical of the task ahead. But we ended this magnificent day’s campaign with great enthusiasm and reaffirmed our conviction that the effort is important, for many reasons.
This campaign gives you the opportunity to get to know many places you never even image existed, some of them with enormous natural beauty, which are unfortunately at the same time totally defaced by the enormous volume of garbage that we dump into our environment. This is the case of the highway from Peregrino to Chalma, where I led a brigade.
LNM allows you to strengthen family unity and harmony with your close friends. I was surprised to learn that children enjoy and show tremendous enthusiasm when participating and doing something useful, and learn a life-long lesson, namely that littering is unacceptable.
You also get to know people in the community where you are assigned to participate, with their strengths and weaknesses. They, in turn, are impressed to see a group of volunteers maintaining public areas. This really makes us reflect on the importance of keeping such spaces clean, of improving the environment, and makes us think that, indeed, we should refrain from polluting.
The problem of garbage disposal is serious and we cannot view it as something that is alien to us as citizens. Limpiemos Nuestro México teaches us that the huge problem of garbage disposal begins in our consciousness.
Garbage is everywhere and its solution should involve a commitment by all of us, because, one way or another, all of us pollute. This problem cannot be left only to the authorities, churches, businesses, or citizens. LNM teaches us that we must all work together to solve social challenges and together we can do so.
At the same time, I was struck by the realization that in several places, municipal or district authorities decided, after not having done so for a long time, to undertake clean-up operations the night before the LNM campaign. It’s too bad this doesn’t happen every day, but at least it’s a start.
There are still thousands of tons of garbage in the streets, plazas, parks, rivers and streams. However, the campaign was nonetheless a great success. The message is slowly gaining traction, especially children. We now know that small actions by many can generate significant change. On a personal level, this was quite an experience. Thank you for cleaning up our Mexico.