October 23, 2015 – The U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez and the NGO Fundación Comunitaria de la Frontera Norte presented awards to the winners of the Green Projects Against Climate Change grant call in Ciudad Juarez.
While the facts on climate change cannot be denied, there are significant opportunities to prepare for and reduce their impact. The three proposals that will be supported by this fund are:
- The neighborhood committee of the Che Guevara / Km 5 community will implement a drip irrigation system in their community park. In addition to generating a public space, it will contribute directly to improving the environment, by generating a CO2 sink which will help mitigate urban heat islands.
- The organization Juarez Limpio will develop a web directory of recycling companies and waste collection centers in Ciudad Juarez. Besides being a geo-referenced interactive web directory, the Juarez Recycle platform will maintain information on topics like 3’Rs, and the value of waste composting.
- The organization Aqua XXI will train students, teachers and environmental promoters on how to teach others about climate change further encouraging the participation of other groups in solving environmental problems and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources.
In her words, the U.S. Consul General in Ciudad Juarez Daria L. Darnell highlighted how “leading up to the climate negotiations in Paris at COP21 at the end of this year, Mexico and the United States remain firm in their commitment to address global climate change.”
And she added “large or international institutional efforts should not be responsible alone for dealing with climate change – we must also support local projects ranging from the individual to the community.”
Chairman of the Board of the Fundación Comunitaria de la Frontera Norte Jesus Abrego Lopez congratulated the winners and stressed that the NGO will continue to provide them with technical assistance and monitoring, to the benefit of citizens, the climate and the planet.