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A group of student activists led by Greta Thunberg has called upon Yucatán’s government to declare a climate emergency and start to take more serious and proactive moves to combat climate change

Yucatán’s state government has already taken some measures to combat climate change. But critics argue that these efforts are half-hearted and lack the backing of strict legislation and are ultimately an example of greenwashing

“We are calling upon the government to declare a climate emergency. What we have seen so far is grossly insufficient. It is time for bold and urgent action, not political rhetoric,” said Julia Bracamontes, representing Yucatán’s chapter of the Stockholm-based environmental organization Fridays for Future. 

By declaring a climate emergency, activists argue that the state government would be forced by law to field its resources to combat climate change and address other related environmental issues such as deforestation

Earlier: Big business in Mexico moves toward ditching dirty CFE power

The group also made a point of bringing attention to the ongoing struggle of indigenous people in Yucatán against large industrial pig farms, as well as the ongoing loss of the Peninsula’s mangroves.

Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate (2ndL) and Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg (C) take part in a gathering of climate activists in a park outside the Milan Conference Centre, MiCO, on September 30, 2021 on the sidelines of the Pre-COP 26 summit. – Each Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change is preceded by a preparatory meeting held about a month before, called Pre-COP. Italy’s Pre-COP brings together through September 30 – October 2 climate and energy ministers from a selected group of countries to discuss topics that will be addressed at COP26. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP) (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

Founded by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, Fridays for Future is an international movement of school students who skip Friday classes to participate in demonstrations to demand action from political leaders to take action to prevent climate change and for the fossil fuel industry to transition to renewable energy.

The Mexican chapter of the group, as well as several others, has not been shy about openly condemning the climate platform of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. 

Since assuming the office of president in 2018, López Obrador has been steadfast in his support of highly pollutant state-owned power companies including the CFE and Pemex.

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