“Only after the last tree will be cut,

Only after the last river will be poisoned,

Only after the last fish will be caught,

Only then, you will know that the money can´t be eaten”

(Indian Proverb)


Industrialization in Mexico is a process that started with a fledgling family business, whose activities were mainly related with agriculture, textiles and livestock, in the early 18th century. Over time, industrialization continued to develop at the same time as new technologies emerged. One of the principal periods of industrialization in Mexico was the period of the “Porfiriato”, when the president that was in power installed a stable federal government with secure financial and industrial supports, and introduced a lot of technology from European society.




Industrialization is accompanied by a big world problem that is pollution, and Mexico is not an exception. The continued growth of industries and big cities has generated this problem, but the main trouble is that the people don´t have the culture of environmental care. In fact, it was not until three decades ago that the community started to take care of its own environment and surroundings, and began to develop a different way of doing it.

If we are talking about the contamination in Mexico, specifically air pollution, we can see that according to the data of the national emission inventory, Mexico annually produces 40.5 million tons of pollutants to the atmosphere. This affects the health of the Mexican people, and generates many kinds of respiratory diseases.

Regarding water pollution, we have a variety of causes.         One is that the waste from big industries ends up in the rivers and seas, and the majority of owners of such industries do not take the issue with sufficient importance. They do not take care of their waste and chemicals, and this is a big danger to the ecosystem.

However these events do not only occur in the big cities, they also happen in the rural zones, but not with the same magnitude. The best example is the case of the people that have their own land to cultivate, and for their crops they use different chemical products, and it doesn´t matter to them if the waste of these products ends up in the rivers, whilst also they don´t notice that they are killing the aquatic life. For this reason in the rivers of the rural zones each day there are fewer fish and other aquatic creatures. In this way the possibility of fishing is smaller every single day. To conclude I want to invite the reader to think about how the environment is changing? And to compare how it is now and how it was in the past. So tell me, how do you think this world will be in a few years’ time?


By Daniela Moreno Pedroza




  1. I really liked your introduction quote. It summarizes the mentality we have now days. And is very sad to say it ,but as you showed in your article we can see that Mexico is one of the less conscient countries in the sense of pollution. But I do believe there is hope ,and we are the generation as everyone says ” of change”. Each day more and more people is aware of our enviornmental conditions and if we join our forces we can change our future.

  2. As the Indian proverb says (in a summarized version), we don’t know what we have until we lose it. We shouldn’t wait till then to start doing something, if we do not start now by taking charge of these ecological problems, we will lose everything before we notice it. I think something has to be done NOW, I would really like future generations to enjoy what we are enjoying now.

  3. I honestly loved how persuasive your entry was, starting off with the Indian proverb was a great strategy.
    Overall, great writing skills, and to be honest with you I often wonder what world the next generations will inherit all in the sake of a few dollars more, that can feed no one when there is nothing left to buy.

  4. Great Quote!

    I liked the point where you mentioned that the big cities are not the only victims of water and air pollution but also the rural areas in Mexico, and I think that it was very important the fact that you mentioned about using fertilizer on their crops because it does not only affects rivers but eventually it also affects the soil and the ground, which later brings consequences that may affect even more our environment.

    Honestly, I don’t want to keep my hopes up for the environment. I know I criticize the government a lot and bring no solutions, but thankfully there’s people that is concerned and are actually doing something big, but I think that doing small things like turning the lights off or avoid using large quantities of water to bathe or wash the dishes is a good initiative, but unfortunately sometimes habits are difficult to change and we may fail. Maybe there’s a brighter future, or maybe not. The answers to all of these questions are up to us.

  5. I really liked your post, specially for the introduction. I think that we have done somethings very bad to the enviroment and like you mention we started to feel worry until three decades and despite It’s not late, i think we need to do a lot of work to counteract this issues. I wouldn’t like to give an opinion about what would happen in some years because I think that I feel a little bit afraid about our the future if we don’t do something in the next years.

  6. The proverb on the begging is one of my favorits becuase it explains that by nature we are not able to change until we have gonne barrel deep, but in order to improove we have to start now !!

  7. Great conclusion, and great question.
    The way you started the article was amazing, and your belief about the rural zones with the link of the aquatic fauna was interesting.
    When you talked about air and water pollution you made me agree with all the points of the article, specially with the culture of environmental care.
    I enjoy a lot your article.

  8. What examples of the quemichal waste would you explain in those cases of pollution in the rural zones and what realistic soultion would help them?
    I loved how your point was given in the rural and urban zones

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