Canada Mexico: The triumph of cenotes against a pig farm

14:15  12 june  2021
14:15  12 june  2021 Source:   liberation.fr

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La cénote de Yaxbacaltún à Homùn, une source de revenus pour ses habitants via l’écotourisme. © Provided by Liberation The cenot of Yaxbacaltún to Homùn, a source of income for its inhabitants via ecotourism.

The children of Homún, a small Mayan community of the Yucatán Peninsula, have made them a lot about them lately. On May 20, the Mexican Supreme Court granted them a major victory against a swine farm settled in their village. Unanimously, judges confirmed the final suspension of the operations activities, which housed tens of thousands of pigs. The young inhabitants of Homún convinced the Supreme Court that their health rights, to a pure air, to unpolluted water, to a healthy environment, in two words, to a dignified life had to prevail on the interests of the companies. pork farms.

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Sacred wells

Children, designated representatives of the community, so won the battle for water. And not any water ... The community of Homún is located in the heart of "the ring of the Cenotes", a myriad of caves and natural basins that are rooting the region and are a source of income for its inhabitants, via l ecotourism. The premises serve as guides to visitors to explore these places and swim in their waters with fairy reflections. For the ancient Mayas, the cenotes were sacred wells. In the world of environmental conventions, the ring of Cenotes is a Ramsar site, the list of wetlands of international importance.

The immense swine farm was going to draw on these reserves the large amounts of water necessary for its operation. In Yucatán, these farms proliferate: 120 of them are installed in priority areas for the conservation of biodiversity, according to the Greenpeace organization.

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Precautionary principle

The farm of homún would produce a mountain of droppings: about 270 million kilos of excrement and urine per year, which would infiltrate the soil and contaminate the water of the cenotes. In 2018, when the first puffs pestilential from the farm have invaded the village, the inhabitants mobilized. Six children, their mothers and an environmental organization filed an appeal before a Yucatán court, which decided in favor of the complainants according to the precautionary principle: it is not necessary to wait for an environmental disaster to react. The activities of the farm have been suspended. The Supreme Court confirmed this decision.

"Six children versus 49,000 pigs", Title Journalist Karla Casillas, who made known the history of the inhabitants of Homún and published excerpts from their letters to the patterns of the farm and the judges. "I ask you to remove the pigs from our village, so that the Cenotes remain clean, not to get sick ..." implores one of those missives.

kids who put pork farmers in rout: the story has tale looks. However, in Homún, there are children, probably more than six, who are watching the air they breathe and on the water of the Cenotes. And justice has heard them.

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