This morning I got up early and had a nice breakfast in the inner courtyard of La Nuestra. At 9 o'clock Andie and I went to a monthly meeting of Newcomers Club, which is about 170 English-speaking expatriates from all the different countries in Cuernavaca. Andie Grater has been president of this volunteer organization for the past 4 years. We didn't have to go very far, and we came to an Episcopal Church, where several people were preparing chairs and coffee for a monthly reunion. Two staff members of the US Consulate in Mexico City set up a table containing information on US citizens living in Mexico with tax, voting and other issues.
Newcomers Club often invites speakers or experts on topics that are directly relevant to the foreign community. I had the opportunity to speak to several members of the club. Three years ago there was a young man who emigrated from Israel and now works in real estate and provides meals for Middle Eastern food. I also spoke to a 30-year-old immigrant from Poland who works for a woodworking company with a partner who makes custom wooden toys that they sell at organic food stores in Mexico. Then I got in touch with a lady from Germany, and she and her husband have been working for a long time in a German charity that helps blind people all over the world. He lived in Latin America as well as in Pakistan. Cuernavaca & Newcomers Club is definitely a very interesting and diverse group of people. Most of the members I saw were in their 50s, 60s and older, though I've seen a few young people. Most are retired permanent residents in Cuernavaca. After the initial strike, the group settled down and Andie, as president, made various comments. Then a lady named Ana Gonzalez spoke about a special project implemented by an NGO called Caminamos Juntos para la Salud y el Desarollo ("Together for Health and Development").
The project was set up by Susan Smith, a Canadian woman from a poor Mexican village. One of the biggest problems of this village is the contamination of water with arsenic, so drinking water is a real problem. The people of this village are very poor, and every month Susan asks the Newcomers Club to donate a variety of items, dishes and utensils, toys, school supplies and more. Then, a few announcements, Bob Vockerath from Vancouver, Canada, made a remarkable appearance in the late seventies. He spoke of several books he had read (Plan B and Growth Restrictions), which talked about the human impact on the planet and the sustainability of our human activities. It covers population growth, stocks, industrial products, pollution, and so on. He spoke about and showed us a few schemes of the future that will lead us. Growth restrictions were first published in 1972, and several experts modeled the development of these key factors and predicted them well into the 3rd millennium. From about 2050, their models predict a sharp decline in population as a result of resource depletion, increasing pollution levels and increasing industrial production. Some interesting statistics noted: Between 1950 and 2000, the global population increased from about 2.5 billion to 6.1 billion. Average incomes and grain demand also tripled. Economic productivity has increased 6.6 times from $ 7 trillion to $ 46 trillion annually. The demand for cereals is interesting because 1 ton of beef is a very resource-intensive form of food production, for example, 10 tons of grain.
Bob Vockerath also went on to make a brief overview of Plan B and explained the author's six major social goals: 1. Basic universal – elementary education2. Adult Literacy Programs3. Family planning4. School lunch5. Helping preschool children6. Universal Basic Health Services In addition, these social goals are complemented by land rehabilitation objectives: 1. Reforestation2. Preservation of topsoil in sown areas3. Restoration of rocky areas4. Restoration of fishery5. Conservation of biodiversity6. Stabilize the water table. It is projected that an additional $ 191 million will be spent over the year, with expenditures combined with social targets and land rehabilitation. This is contrary to the $ 975 billion annual military spending, which probably alone costs $ 475 billion annually in defense spending in the United States. So, if we redistribute our costs, we can make major social and environmental changes better.
The crowd in the room listened attentively and asked many questions. I was very impressed with this meeting because most of the audience was in the late '80s or later in the' 80s, and despite the fact that these topics still had a strong impact on the future. grandchildren and great-grandchildren. As one who is interested in environmental issues, I found this presentation very informative and said that the immigrant community in Cuernavaca is involved in some pretty interesting …