Project: Mending the planet - Sustainable Development and incremental changes that families can make in their daily lives to reduce their impact

Dora Napolitano is a bilingual researcher and translator, with experience in Mexican and Peruvian context. She is a co-founder of the Peruvian NGO Shinai, which strives to defend indigenous rights.  


The project aims to facilitate a transformation in how female heads of City of Mexico families think and act, so that in their daily habits they do less damage to the planet.


My main motivations is an admiration for the interconnections between natural cycles and systems. I don’t want to be responsible for severing connections between organisms and energy flows, because in breaking them we also risk larger collapse. I want to be a positive link in that chain, so that my children and the rest of the population can continue to discover the marvels of nature. Years ago, I turned my quest for congruence inwards on my home, meaning that I sought to use less plastic, re-use materials we already had, look for local producers, save water, produce less waste.

But 3 years ago, returning to Mexico after several years abroad, I felt that many people recognise that an environmental crisis is imminent (we live the signs of it as daily frustrations: increasing traffic, environmental contingencies, water shortages, flooding etc.) and they complain about structural problems but few are congruent in their daily habits. That is to say: they don't know what they could do differently.

Which led me to want to share some of the simple actions that I apply at home and with my family, which I do not think are difficult nor more complicated. And at the same time I wanted to learn more about some options which take a larger investment to install, but can have bigger long term effects like installing dry toilets in the city, recycling grey water in high-rises, solar panels and rain water harvesting.

I seek to share all this with other families so that it can become more commonplace, accessible and so there can be greater understanding that everyone can start to do something.