In Chiapas, the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, met with United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, to evaluate the “Sembrando Vida” reforestation program.
During their meeting in the municipality of Palenque, Andrés Manuel López Obrador assured that his United States counterpart Joe Biden, as well as John Kerry, have an ally to face Climate Change.
“Has President Biden an ally in defending climate policy to address climate change and to guarantee life, the survival of all human beings, we are your allies in the defense of the environment, in a special way you ally Mr. John Kerry and you are at home, welcome ”, said the Mexican president.
The Mexican president assured that the plan promoted by Joe Biden in the United Nations on environmental matters will be supported.
“We are going to support the plan that President Biden is promoting through Mr. John Kerry, we are going to support him, support him worldwide in what corresponds to our participation in the concert of nations and the experience of Mexico and above all to the wisdom of its people “, he commented.
“Part of our policy is to return to the field that had been abandoned, that is why we are going to support the approach led by Mr. John Kerry to improve the environment, to think about facing climate change, global warming and like him He has expressed it, it is essential that we sow reforestation, “he said.
Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that Mexico has millions of hectares to promote the “Sembrando Vida” program, which could be transferred to more Central American countries and thus be able to address the migration problem.
“This Sowing program implies an investment of 1,300 million dollars a year but it employs 450,000 peasants.”, He specified.
“It is going to the bottom of the immigration problem, not just holding back, much less betting on the coercive to the violation of human rights, but going to the origin of the problem and we can do it jointly with the United States government, and also not only stay in the reforestation plan that is important, but there are other measures that we are already taking, it was decided that we are not going to extract more crude oil than we need, “he said.
For his part John Kerry pointed out that Climate Change is a phenomenon that is affecting the world in a worrying way so it is important that Mexico and the United States collaborate together.
“80% of Mexican citizens are concerned about climate change … I’m also here because Mexico and the United States have a great history of collaboration that President Biden and President López Obrador fervently believe ”, he expressed.
After taking a tour of the area where “Sowing Life” is applied, John Kerry supported the program that is being implemented by the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
“Almost a third of here in Mexico is covered by forests and President López Obrador is very adequately concentrating on how Mexico is going to make its contributions by paying attention to this and on the issue of reforestation it could contribute almost a third of global mitigation. by 2030 ”, he assured.
“All of us in the world need to focus on what López Obrador is doing here, you are trying to do and this is not only the issue of reforestation, it is a program (“Sembrando Vida”) that focuses on the town, on people’s lives, on work, on the possibility of staying where you live ”, He commented.
“I think we have to recognize that these forests in Mexico, as President López Obrador already said, can be a source of prosperity for communities., a symbol of Mexico’s leadership at times when it is essential to take action on climate change, “he said.
Both also visited the archaeological zone of Palenque, located northeast of the Mexican state of Chiapas and 282 kilometers from Tuxtla Gutiérrez.
John Kerry arrived in Mexico this Monday morning and was received by the head of Unit for North America of the Mexican Chancellery, Roberto Velasco; the Mexican ambassador to the United States, Esteban Moctezuma; and the United States Ambassador to Mexico, Ken Salazar.
After his arrival, John Kerry met with the Mexican delegation headed by the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, Marcelo Ebrard, who welcomed him to Mexico.
“I had John Kerry, President Biden’s special envoy for Climate Action. He will hold a meeting with President López Obrador in Palenque and will learn about the Sembrando Vida program, ”said the Mexican Foreign Minister through his Twitter account.
According to the Mexican Foreign Ministry, John Kerry visited Mexico “at the invitation of President López Obrador to present him the Sembrando Vida” program, promoted by the Mexican government and where 5,000 pesos a month (248 dollars) are given to farmers who plant fruit and timber trees. in Mexico.
The Mexican president wants this program to be supported by the Joe Biden government so that it can be extended to more regions of Central America, with the objective of developing the region and providing a solution to the migratory crisis.
In recent days, President Joe Biden thanked Andrés Manuel López Obrador in a letter for the “financing and implementation” of the “Sembrando Vida” program in some Central American countries, as well as pledging to increase the “investment” of States. United in the region.
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