DIANA SOFÍA PENICHE FUENTES

Background: 
• Renewable Energy Engineering Student at UNAM
• She was the founder of the Social Development Program and the Ecology and Composting Club, as well as a member of the civil association Permaculturarte Huerto, which promotes organic agriculture and bio construction

Project: Energy efficient management of rain 
Objective: The project aims to take advantage of rain, through the implementation of different technologies for harvesting or collecting rainwater, which will be adapted according to the architectural features of the place where it is desired to implement this project, with the purpose of treating rainwater and ensuring a renewable source of liquid as adaptation and mitigation to climate change.

Motivation: “Being raised in California, I was witness of the excuses created in order to justify the invasion and exploitation of other countries’ natural resources in order to support an unhealthy addiction to consumption. Years later, this essentially forced me to study renewable energy engineering at UNAM.I strongly think renewable energy technology and the sustainable management of resources offers us the opportunity to make peace with nature and make peace between nations.

Rather than seeing humanity as a great big family, where we ought to help each other flourish, consumer psychology prevalient in developed nations requires the careless destruction of our habitats. We are running out of time, because soon there will not be enough resources available for all of us. Whilst the underdeveloped countries will suffer the effects of climate change, the nations responsible for contributing the most to pollution sit back and entertain their society with lies; such is the case of Trump opting out of the Paris Agreements and banning the use of the words “climate change” within the Environmental Protection Agency. 

Mexico will face difficult years ahead, as climate change will have severe consequences on our society, environment, and economy.  Therefore, we truly have no option but to protect what we still have available. If we do so by respecting nature’s cycles, such as the water cycle, and learn to work with nature rather than against her, we may still have the opportunity to create a resilient society; ready to mitigate and adapt to climate change.”