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Escrito por ZihuaRob desde 220.127.116.11 (dup-200-65-183-97.prodigy.net.mx) el día lunes, 22 de marzo, 2004 a las 19:39:39 horas :
En respuesta a: Beach Clean-up: A Thank You To All escrito por Jim desde 18.104.22.168 (dup-200-65-171-226.prodigy.net.mx) el día domingo, 21 de marzo, 2004 a las 13:56:05 horas :
Jim, without your tireless promotion of this campaign it simply would not have gotten off the ground. Your altruistic enthusiasm and dedication made this campaign a success in the eyes of many. I think the fact that you as a foreigner showed so much interest in this project motivated others, and maybe shamed them a bit, too. Mexicans should ideally feel sufficient pride in their own country to keep it clean and litter-free!
Unfortunately, many less-educated (not necessarily poor) Mexicans believe their country to be trashy, thus they make it so by habitually littering (retro-cognitive dissonance?). Doña Laura of Barra de Potosí ran into this debilitating psycho-sociological phenomenon a few years ago while trying in vain to get locals to pick up the trash at their own beach and lagoon as well as around their town. She ran into a brick wall of "cultural differences".
Demographics and education are the problem areas that most need to be tackled in order to resolve many of Mexico's problems, including litter. We have not only a population explosion to deal with along with its concurrent migrations toward centers of perceived economic opportunities and its overtaxing of public services, but also a political stagnation where for many years now our elected officials and their dependents have wasted the majority of their time quibbling over partisan and personal interests instead of dealing with the ever-mounting social problems and real institutional reforms needed that will allow our great nation and her people to progress. (Sound like any politicians you know?)
Well, you got their attention, all right Jim! Careful you don't let them pat themselves on the back so much for participating that they forget about you or your campaign. Keep those cameras (and the people) focused on the beaches, not the politicos! ;~)
And a BIG GRACIAS from all of us who live and visit here for a job well done!