News of the Earth

A compendium of activism and writings by Homero Aridjis (MEXICO)

An extraordinary compendium of activism and writings about the natural world by Homero Aridjis, Mexico's greatest living writer.

Translated by Betty Ferber

News of the Earth chronicles Homero Aridjis’s relationship with the natural world through his writings and his activism as president of the Grupo de los Cien [Group of 100], Mexico’s influential environmental group composed of one hundred prominent personalities in the arts, culture, and science, which Aridjis founded in 1985. Under his leadership, the group’s efforts led to a ban on the capture and commercialization of sea turtles, legislation reducing the amount of lead in gasoline, daily monitoring of air quality in Mexico City, and official designation of sanctuaries for the monarch butterfly. Aridjis waged a lifelong battle against threats to endangered ecosystems and wildlife in his country, many with global implications, including campaigns to save the gray whale, bottle-nosed dolphin, bee population, giant saguaro cactus, endangered coral reefs, and rain forests of Mexico. This book highlights these crucial battles, with detailed documentation of critical environmental victories.

Homero Aridjis, one of Latin America's foremost literary figures, is the author of forty-eight books of poetry and prose. He served as Mexico's Ambassador to Switzerland, The Netherlands, and UNESCO, and as President of PEN International. He received awards from the United Nations (Global 500 Award), the Orion Society, Mikhail Gorbachev, Globel Green USA, and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Betty Ferber Aridjis was born in New York and graduated from Bryn Mawr College. She served as the International Coordinator of the Grupo de los Cien (Group of 100) since its founding in 1985. Her lifelong commitment to the environment was also honored by Mikhail Gorbachev and by Global Green USA with the Green Cross Millennium Award for International Environmental Leadership. She is the translator of several books by Homero Aridjis into English.

Praise for News of the Earth

"I worked alongside Homero Aridjis in landmark battles in Baja to save the gray whales' pristine birthing sanctuary and a vital coral reef from industrial development. Aridjis, Mexico's most renowned living poet, is an international icon for his environmental activism. This collection of his articles over more than thirty years of fighting to preserve our natural wonders will be an inspiration to future generations." Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., author of Crimes Against Nature

"Homero is one of the planet's great environmental heroes.” Jacob Scherr, Director of Global Strategy & Advocacy, Natural Resources Defense Council, Washington, DC.

November 2017 | 350 pp
978-1-942134-09-1 W | Trade Paper | $24.95
eBook available