The impact of the Environmental Science Museum on education

In recent days, an issue of great importance to the University of Guadalajara has been present in the media, which I would like to summarize in three relevant points.

The first of them results from the surprising information that the governor of Jalisco made to the media, where Announces the withdrawal of 140 million pesos from the university’s budget for the year 2021, to redirect them to the construction of the Hospital Seville d’Oriente.

The danger of this fact lies in the fact that it seeks to reverse progress in the construction of the Museum of Environmental Sciences, a project headed by the University of Guadalajara, however, Our institution’s independence is under attack, by attempting to amend the Income and Expenditure Budget which is based on approval by the State Congress itself and, thereafter, by the University General Council, the highest administrative body of the Study Council.

This brings me to the second point. Article 3 of the Constitution, in its seventh section, guarantees independent universities by law to have Power and responsibility to govern themselves, in addition to managing its assets, which is the attribution approved in Article 2 of the General Law on Higher Education, which was recently approved.

A college that is infringed by the executive branch of the state when it tries to cut the university’s budget.

It should be remembered that on December 10, 2021, the State Congress approved the income budget for the University of Guadalajara, which included 140 million pesos to continue building the University Cultural Center (Museum of Environmental Sciences) and on the basis of which the University General Council approved the income and expenditure budget for 2021. From that moment on, the resource envisaged in the budget became part of the assets of the enterprise., so it can not be cut in any way.

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as a third point, It is necessary to highlight the importance of the project, which is the Environmental Science Museum project. A major concern related to health and survival, and climate change, is the urgency we have reached, which is generating loss of human and economic life.

The World Meteorological Organization noted that from 1970 to 2019, 1,341,668 people lost their lives due to droughts, floods, storms and extreme temperatures. The economic cost during this period due to storms and floods amounted to 636 billion dollars. In addition to this diagnosis, the organization appreciates In 20 years global warming is projected to reach 1.5 NSNS, which will generate more heat waves, the warm seasons will be lengthened, the cold waves will be shortened, and the distribution of precipitation will change, which will lead to more floods and droughts. It is worth noting that the average annual temperature in 2020 exceeded 1.2 NSc normal values.

The primary action to adjust this situation is to educate the population, and an excellent tool is the training space where knowledge, scientific publishing and community work are combined, such as the Museum of Environmental Sciences.

Because health care is included in the educational process, which promotes disease prevention. This does not contradict the need for a hospital, whose main function is to take care of the treatment of diseases of the population, and in particular, in the case of the Civil Hospital d’Oriente, which is to provide care to the most economically disadvantaged population of the capital. Guadalajara region.

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Therefore, before the false controversy raised by the state governor, to choose between museum and education, there is a deception, because these 140 million will not be quite enough to finish the hospital, but instead they will prevent the completion of the work that is fundamental to education, research and development in Jalisco. All that is beyond

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