OK, I don’t know a lot about farming in Guatemala but those pictures tell me that it must never have been easy or very profitable. Subsistence farming. I bet this was not better 50 years ago, or 100 years ago, or indeed 300 years ago. Only, back then there was no easy option to immigrate to a better place. The US is a mighty magnet that pulls in many who look for a better life. I don’t blame them – I like the good life too. But for heaven’s sake, stop putting Climate Change on everything. Last week the signal horn of my car stopped working – was that Climate Change too? The dog of a friend of mine had to be dewormed – Climate Change of course. The Climate is changing – it always has. It has consequences and some of them will be unpleasant I am sure. Some will be nice. We need to accommodate and stop blaming everything on Climate Change.
In the center of Climentoro, in the western highlands of Guatemala, a dozen large white houses rise above the village’s traditional wooden huts like giant monuments. The structures are made of concrete and fashioned with archways, colonnaded porches, and elaborate moldings.