From Notimex in La Jornada, 11 January 2012 (my translation)
Tokyo, 10 January. The President of the Senate, José González Morfin, called today in the name of Mexico for immediate action against climate change. Without it, the costs will grow increasingly great. In fact it may be too late.
The Senate leader said that his country is convinced that in the matter of climate change, the most costly thing is to do nothing, that is to say, if there is no action now against climate change, the economic costs for nations will be significantly greater.
While participating in the twentieth annual reunion of the Forum of Asian-Pacific Parliaments in Tokyo which this year is dedicated to climate change, he emphasized that inaction and inertia are a luxury which the world simply cannot permit itself.
He repeated that success in the conservation of the environment and our natural resources depends on the capacity to act immediately.
Governments, parliaments, businesses and society ought to work together shoulder to shoulder to protect our environment before it is too late, emphasized González Morfin.
For this, he suggested that in this meeting, they share different national experiences so that, through parliamentary diplomacy they find ways to collaborate and reach understanding enabling nations to advance together in this sruggle.
Senator González Morfin emphasized that in Mexico the General Law on Climate Change will transform his country into a more efficient economy more efficient by enabling stable economic growth and care of the environmnet.
He said that the economic global crisis is a unique opportunity to replace practices of production and consumption.
Before representatives of parliaments from the different countries which are attending the meeting.....he maintained that these existing practices have shown themselves financially unviable and a threat for natural resources on a global scale.
The goal consists of creating incentives for economic and social actors to join the effort to transition to a green economy....
In an adequate environment, the care of nature can be a powerful motor for technological innovation, economic growth and material progress, said the functionary.
For that, ... he reminded everyone that the Senate of Mexico constituted a Special Commission over Climate Change and on the past 6th of december approved of the law.
In his message in the name of the Mexican delegation he emphasized that this had to do with legislation which sought to transform Mexico gradually into a more efficient economy, more productive, and at the same time, an economy with a smaller carbon footprint.
He maintained that he was talking about a specific legal framework for confronting the threats of climate change, which are among the most immediate on a world scale and on an internal basis to distribute responsibilities of mitigation and adaptation at federal, state and municipal levels.
He said that the new law also contemplated more active participation by diverse sectors of society and redefined the role of the National Institute of Ecology to give greater power to establish public policies.
The new legislation will permit Mexico to convert itself into a nation ever more responsible in terms of ambiental sustainability, a matter of great importance for future generations, said González Morfin.....