earth day: patricio was stricken with remorse about starving the snails. he gathered them all up after breakfast and placed them on a pile of cantaloupe innards, pineapple outards, with some strips of mango peel to boot. i can tell he feels better. i can tell the snails do to.
on this day, though, it's a little hard to keep one's chin up. over ninety percent of mexico's potable water sources are contaminated. the mexican health secretariat says that more than a third of mexico's disease burden is a result of environmental factors, the most serious of which is air pollution*. mexico is one of the most ecologically diverse countries in the world, and it's estimated that over 2,500 species of plants and animals are now endangered*. i try shying away from being a voice of gloom and doom, but the situation is critical. making environmental protection a priority would be a wise and far-sighted decision on behalf of the government. and it's absolutely necessary. patricio and i are thinking hard about what we can do, too.
because in the end, we still like the snails.