|Your tax deductible donation will help protect the northernmost tropical rain forest in the
Americas, and contribute to environmental awareness worldwide.
|DEFENSORES DEL MEDIO AMBIENTE DE LOS TUXTLAS, A. C.
|Just as countries and people have become more interdependent in our
complex, modern world, so are ecosystems interdependent. We cannot
ignore one, however small, without having a negative effect on the others
of DEMATAC, and I would like to be your guide on a brief trip to a magical
place known as "Los Tuxtlas". I would also like your permission to
introduce you to our association and it's objectives, and to explain to you
how you can support us in the preservation of the environment and the
future of this enchanting and unique region.
Okay . . . Shall we go?
region, located in the southeast of the state of Veracruz, is a succession of mountains of volcanic
origin, and represents the northernmost tropical rain forest in the Americas. In this area
live and grow:
Embraced by nature's beauty and richness, the land of Los Tuxtlas is a place of
mountains and rivers, of hidden lagoons and waterfalls, of stone carved Olmec heads,
and of witches and spirits; where the calm of the day can be shattered by the fierce
majesty of a tropical tempest. It is a region of great economic potential, for it's
inhabitants and for Mexico, through tourism and the development of eco-tourism. Los
Tuxtlas is a place of great natural beauty, of harmony and tranquility - and it is a
region in grave danger.
The fragile ecosystem of Los Tuxtlas is in a state of crisis. In recent years the level of
deforestation has risen to alarming heights due to the cut and burn method of clearing
land for agriculture and livestock, and to indiscriminate strip mining. It is estimated
that only 7% to 10% of the original woodlands remain. Rivers and lagoons are
contaminated. Lake Catemaco, "the jewel of Los Tuxtlas", is extremely contaminated.
Many of the highways, rural roads, and beaches have become virtual garbage dumps.
Wildlife is threatened, and some species are in danger of extinction. Environmental laws
are ignored and the government fails to enforce them. We cannot continue on this
path to ecological disaster. We are harming nature, and as a consequence, harming
tourism, local fishing, the health of the area and of the inhabitants. We are damaging
the very quality of life in Los Tuxtlas, and severely limiting her future.
I reach out to each and every one of you, and I implore you to help me, to help DEMATAC, find
viable solutions to prevent the environmental deterioration of this very special, very important
region; and to give us your support in our fight against the apathy and bureaucracy that
increases and prolongs the problem.
Thank you for your kind attention and I look forward to
hearing from you.
Lic. Jessica Hitandegüi Swanson Santiago
To all of you who have helped us, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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