World Water Week, Audubon

Friday-Friday, March 20-27
Bellas Artes, Hernández Macías 75
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World Water Week, Audubon

AguaVida, a coalition of 13 non-governmental organizations working in the arenas of environmental and social health, works on behalf of San Miguel residents to guarantee a safe, sustainable and equitable water supply to maintain life in San Miguel de Allende today and in the future.

In recognition of World Water Day, AguaVida members have developed a week-long series of public walks, talks and outreach activities to deepen our connections and knowledge of our local and regional water resources and inspire collective action in securing a sustainable water future.

We invite you to join us at one or all of the following events.

FRIDAY, MARCH 20 – Walk on Water 8:30 am – 12:30 pm / Free
Join April Gaydos, president of Audubon de Mexico for a mini-adventure along a section of the Rio Laja Trail that is usually under water! We’ll walk, talk and look for birds and other wildlife as we make our way to the bridge in Cieneguita. The trip is approximately 4.7 miles of flat terrain, although we may find dense shrubbery to navigate. We’ll stop for gorditas at a super reputable roadside stand before catching a municipal bus back to our starting point. Limited to 10 participants.


SATURDAY, MARCH 21 – Reconnecting with Las Cachinches Arroyo
Audubon de Mexico and Toniclab Architecture will be co-hosting a guided walk and visioning workshop with cultural ecologist, Joaquin Murrieta, along Las Cachinches arroyo to inspire leadership and commitment to the ecological revitalization and human enjoyment of this important urban waterway. Because of limited space, this is an invitational event, but we are planning future public tours and activities along Las Cachinches.

SATURDAY, MARCH 21 – Mayan Ceremony Presa Allende – 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join Audubon’s Amigos de la Presa for a Mayan Ceremony conducted by local healer, Azenet Macedo, to give thanks to life and express gratitude and recognition for the deep connection we have with the universe, the earth, water, air, and fire. Ceremonies will take place on the water and on the shore around a fire. You may participate in one or both ceremonies, reservations requested by March 20.

MONDAY, MARCH 23 – Caminos de Agua Open House – 10 am – 5 pm / Free
Tour the Camios de Agua office and water lab with interactive activities on urban rainwater harvesting, rain gardens and water testing services. Jose Maria Correa 23A, Colonia Santa Cecilia.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25 – Talk: The Future of Humanity is Urban – 4 pm – 6 pm / free
An informative and inspiring talk by cultural ecologist Joaquin Murrieta that explores the balancing act that will allow us to secure water for nature and humans. Bellas Artes Auditorium, Hernandez Macais 75, Centro.

FRIDAY, MARCH 27 – Talk: Water, Industrial Agriculture and Alternative Strategies – 10 am – 1:00 pm / Free
Industrial agriculture uses approximately 80% of the groundwater in our local aquifer and through the use of agrochemicals and other practices creates conditions where the soil cannot effectively hold water and micronutrients necessary to produce healthy food and sequester carbon from the air are depleted.

Diana Hoogesteger, who works with Vía Orgánica, will lead a talk on an emerging farming practice known as regenerative agriculture, which replaces pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, with a diversity of crops and beneficial insects to restore soil capacity and contribute to resilient local and regional food systems, and creating conditions that help fight climate change. 10 am – 11:30 am

Leticia Merino Pérez, coordinator of the publication “Environmental Crisis in Mexico: Route for Change”, will discuss the Citizen Initiative, which was presented to Congress on February 4, and seeks to reverse Mexico’s serious water crisis and guarantee priority distribution of water to the entire population,before making it available for industrial agriculture, manufacturing or luxury uses. 11:45 am – 1 pm


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