Divining Destiny in the Tehuacán ValleyOne Community's Response to Mexico's Worst Water Crisis in Decades
The Tehuacán Valley captures the tragedy and triumph of Mexico’s worst freshwater crisis in decades.
Forces of man and nature have turned this valley’s freshwater supply, once renowned throughout Mexico, into an ancient memory. Industrial and agricultural pollution have rendered many waterways dangerous, and some deadly. Rainfall is scarce, leaving soils parched and aquifers dangerously empty.
Four years ago Circle of Blue assigned Newsweek’s Latin America bureau chief Joe Contreras and World-Press winning Photojournalist Brent Stirton of Getty Images to tell Tehuacán’s story. Now we turn our attention back to the region to find out what’s happened since — particularly after the worst drought in 68 years struck Mexico last summer.
As Tehuacán confronts its water crisis, a Mexico-based non-profit called Alternativas helps communities find solutions that combine modern technology with ancestral wisdom. It’s a new paradigm for water management that offers part of the solution for Mexico’s water future.
Demand for Mexico’s finite supply of water will rise steadily for the foreseeable future.
Conforme a los estándares del México rural, Francisca Rosas Valencia no tiene el aspecto de los líderes de la comunidad.
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Severe water scarcity is a daily reality for many in Mexico, particularly the people of Tehuacán Valley.
The people who inhabit Tehuacán Valley in southeast Mexico humanize one of the greatest global crises.
Valencia spent much of her life teaching others in southeast rural Mexico, and beyond, how to live sustainably.
The Tehuacán Valley captures the tragedy and triumph of Mexico’s worst freshwater crisis in decades. In this video, meet Francisca Rosas Valencia, a leader who is working to better her community’s water future.
Forces of man and nature have turned this valley’s freshwater supply, once renowned throughout Mexico, into an ancient memory.
Newsweek’s Latin America bureau chief and a top Getty photographer from South Africa were among the team that produced the content seen here.