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Friday, December 17, 2010

Interview with the President of the Confederation of Regular Grand Lodges of Mexico, Dr. Felipe VITELA MORA

Worshipful Dr. Felipe VITELA MORA, President of the Confederation of Regular Grand Lodges of the United Mexican States, the world is going through a very intense season, as it is considered that the COP16 Summit may not offer more than the COP15 in Denmark.

1. On November 29, 2010, began the COP16 Summit. The last meeting (the one in Copenhagen, Denmark) did not had the desired results of the participating countries. Do you think this meeting will bring something new in terms of Climate Change?

I believe that while the main countries that produce higher emissions of pollutants (United States, China, Russia, India and Japan) do not change their emission conduit, nothing will be worth the efforts of other countries that if they want to do something to change disorders of the climate change that are already at a global level, the year 2010 was characterized by a number of global climate disaster, where our planet is sending alarming signals of warming, should seek ways to slow warming and prevent global temperatures rise more than two degrees, I think that if necessary it must review the economic models and whether first is life or a particular model.

2. Last year in December, the Grand Master of United Grand Lodges of Germany (Brethren Rüdiger Templin) did not consider relevant the COP15 Report. The Grand Master asked Freemasons of Germany and in the world to begin to act each one to bring its contribution to reducing energy consumption. Do you think that Freemasons and Freemasonry can play an active role in this process apparently irreversible?

It may seem utopia, to say that all Freemasons could initiate a series of measures that contribute to produce changes on climate change, but I think there are many ways to help prevent global warming, is so easy to start a world day of saving energy with media such as the internet and social networks that spread to all corners of our planet, changing from incandescent bulbs to eco friendly ones is a good measure, among many others that can be implemented; wind energy is an important alternative to generate electricity and could be applied in many countries with the benefits this will entail.

3. The Confederation of Regular Grand Lodges of Mexico, whose President you are, is actively involved in protecting the environment? And what does regarding this?

Our Association is very concerned about the alarming climate changes that are affecting most of the states in our republic, especially our Brethrens in the southeast, as are the inhabitants of Tabasco, who suffer daily and systematic floods that result in the deterioration of living conditions of Chiapas; through the water avalanche dams release from other places such as the state of Chiapas, who by pouring large quantities of water produced floods in the lowlands of Tabasco. Thanks to this during my administration I created the Grand National Disaster Committee, which is headed by the former Grand Master of the MWGL Michoacana Lázaro Cárdenas in Michoacán, Guillermo Ortiz Rodriguez, which has its rules of work according to the needs of our population that suffers the brunt of the disaster along the most difficult seasons that plague our country. We also have in our beloved institution the Great Commission of Ecology and Environment which is chaired by the MWGM of the Grand Lodge "Guadalupe Victoria" of the State of Durango, Eduardo Sanchez Ortiz, who works enthusiastically in this commission to support efforts to improve our environment.

4. Masonry in Brazil is trying to protect the Amazon. Various Masonic organizations have implemented several projects in this regard. How effective can the relationship between state institutions and Freemasonry can be?

We could say that an institution like ours is ready to establish relations with the institutions emanating from the will of the people and which by an democratic act it is established to rule a population; especially the effectiveness lies in the relationship of liberal theory to practice the liberal theories in the benefit of the population and of Freemasonry that can help to achieve those purposes with those state institutions that are willing to fulfill that purpose.

5. What is your vision, as a simple citizen, regarding the future of the nature on our Planet? Education is a way forward in this respect?

I'm concerned because I believe that man is the greatest predator that currently exists on our planet, polluting water, air and mother earth, surely we need a change of attitude among those who inhabit our house. The inclusion in the education systems field studies such as Ecology and environment, could be the key to creating in children and university students to seek action awareness for better ideas and actions against the deterioration of our environment, I put my hope in them that will create the foundation of changing a new generation committed to saving our planet.

Worshipful Dr. Felipe VITELA MORA, President of the Confederation of Regular Grand Lodges of the United Mexican States, the Masonic Press Agency of Romania (APRM) thanks you for your kindness in granting us this interview.

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