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Vote for Climate Change Action on June 2nd – Your Voice Matters!

In recent years, Mexico has been hit hard by climate crises. The percentage of municipalities experiencing some level of drought intensity has surged from 30% in 2016 to a staggering 84% in 2024, according to a report by HR Ratings titled "Water stress and its main causes in Mexico". Furthermore, Hurricane Otis, intensified by climate change, was the costliest climate-related event worldwide in 2023, as reported by the UN.

Deforestation is another major issue, affecting 21 states across the country. Wildfires, land use changes for cattle, illegal logging, and farming on both small and large scales are the main culprits. These activities have damaged 84% of the national territory, as revealed by a document presented by CDP Latin America and the Mexican Climate Community, and published by the World Resources Institute.

The government's actions have only intensified the climate crisis. The so-called "Mayan Train" project has led to the largest ecocide in Mexico's history, with more than 2,500 hectares of jungles deforested and pure waters polluted with construction materials. This project has also caused a water shortage in the Calakmul area and disturbed 13 federally protected natural areas, according to the Mexican Center for Environmental Law. Additionally, the current administration has been promoting the construction of refineries and obstructing the transition to cleaner energy sources.

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In light of this climate emergency, it is crucial for citizens to exercise their right to vote. Voting can contribute to improving Mexico's climate conditions, water systems, and soil fertility, and can help create more green areas. We need to ensure that over 70% of the population makes their voices heard at the polls, putting pressure on politicians to fulfill their campaign promises.

But what does it mean to vote for the climate? Firstly, it's important to assess each candidate's environmental track record. Understand what they have done, proposed, and achieved. Consider if they have promoted environmental care or if they have caused harm and are inconsistent due to other political interests. While candidates' proposals are important, they should not be the sole focus as they are often used merely to win votes.

Pay special attention to the narrative of those running. Check how they plan to address issues such as water access and sanitation, air quality, sustainable food production, and the preservation of terrestrial and marine biodiversity. This will make it easier to hold them accountable. Also, consider their stance on climate resilience and what they propose to reduce the impacts of climate change.

If you care about preserving water resources and improving the climate, vote for the climate.