It was precisely during this first season of the year that cities were transformed, certain parts of the country got ready for high temperatures and there were leisure or productive activities such as agriculture. However, the arrival of hot weather left day-to-day planning somewhat lacking.
High temperatures before spring are an increasingly frequent occurrence, and there have even been heatwaves surpassing maximum temperatures in certain areas. One of the major causes of this phenomenon is the high concentration of Greenhouse Gases (GG), such as carbon dioxide, methane, water vapor, ozone and nitrous oxide, which give rise to global warming.
Effects of global warming on the environment:
It has been demonstrated that 68% of global emissions are produced by just ten countries. Mexico is one of them, accounting for 1.68% of the total. The main sources of pollution include transportation and industry.
In spite of this panorama which sets out a pollution footprint, experts believe there is still time to do something and this task is in the hands of the world’s population who must modify certain habits that would enable us to preserve our natural resources.
At Iberdrola México we are fully aware of our role as an agent of change. We are an energy company working on projects aimed at supporting the country’s development in the field of energy by promoting ecofriendly energy, decrease CO2 emissions and protecting biodiversity.
One example of this is provided by the initiatives implemented by Fundación Iberdrola México to help the communities where we operate improve quality of life for both local residents and the environment.
Rescue of felines in Altamira
As part of our commitment to protect biodiversity, the Foundation launched the Apoyo a Felinos (Support for Felines) project together with the “Arturo Narro Siller” School of Engineering of the Autonomous University of Tamaulipas, the Municipality of Altamira, Tamaulipas, Grupo Seisa and Asesores en Ecología y Medio Ambiente (ASECMA in its Spanish acronym).
The aim of this initiative is to protect felines in the region of Altamira, Tamaulipas, by establishing biological corridors suited to the habits of different species in this area, including jaguars, wildcats, ocelots and bobcats.
The project is currently in its initial stages in which we are placing camera traps to identify the customary routes of these species along with their common activities. This will then allow us to implement the most suitable biological corridors for these and other animals.
Recovery of the Garrapatas estuary
According to the National Commission for Knowledge and Usage of Biodiversity (CONABIO in its Spanish acronym), between 1970 and 2010 Mexico lost around 10% of its mangroves, while 35% of these swamp forests boasting immense natural riches have vanished worldwide over the last two decades.
It is this state of affairs that prompted us to launch a drive to recover the Garrapatas estuary in Altamira, Tamaulipas, by maintaining adequate conditions for preserving local flora and fauna. The mangrove regained its characteristic brackishness, and different species have reappeared such as the red mangrove, black mangrove and buttonwood mangrove, along with a large number of fish and fauna typical of this ecosystem, including crocodiles, iguanas, herons and cranes.
Through these projects and other measures, we are supporting the drive to meet UN Sustainable Development Goals:
- Climate action
- Life on land
- Partnerships for achieving goals.
Spring is a time of year we should make the most of to reflect on the steps we take each day for the benefit of the environment and find out about the effort being made by institutions to create a better planet.