Coalición Tricolor (para las Transiciones Sustentables)
Tricolor Coalition, promoting sustainability transitions in Mexico City
With 21 million inhabitants, Mexico City is one of the most populated cities around the world. Moreover, Mexico City is a cosmopolitan city that has been a home to not only of families from all Mexican states, but also served as a home to others from across the world, turning Mexico City into a melting pot of cultural diversity. This diversity is part of the richness of what the city can give, but it also creates a set of sustainability challenges. Historically, it is a city marked by the presence of pre-colonial civilizations, including but not limited to the Aztecs. Geographically, Mexico City was built on a wetland at 2200 meters altitude.
However, there is also strong inequalities in the city. While some neighborhoods are characterized by over-consumption of some natural resources obtained from inside and outside the city, other areas have insufficient access to a minimum consumption of resources that guarantees the well-being of families.
Fortunately, over the past years Mexico City has seen more and more people who are not only conscious of these sustainability challenges, but are highly skilled and interested to address them. To channel these interests and skills for sustainability transitions, the Tricolor Coalition was founded to provide a platform that can support Mexico City’s stakeholders to collaboratively address this challenge.
In 2021, we founded the Mexico City Tricolor Coalition. Starting off as a group of young professionals that were simultaneously proud of, and concerned with, our city, we created Tricolor Coalition as the Mexico City’s Doughnut Economic Coalition. After the feedback of several of its stakeholders, the coalition provides a framework that helps focus on what the main sustainability challenges are in Mexico City (using the doughnut as the science-based framework for this and collecting the data from a multi-actor perception analysis, and available indicators). This information was then useful for us to identify what are the sustainability challenges and priorities, and where action should and could be taken.
During 2021-2022 we then analyzed how to downscale the Doughnut principles to assess a feasible Mexico City’s water and energy sustainability transition. For this, we obtained five types of knowledge of what was needed to plan it in a multi-actor process:
After the learnings of this first year, we then realized that we needed more resources and support so that this information could serve the multiple actors we were working with.
Thus, now in 2023, we have now registered as a not-for-profit civil society in Mexico City, and we have created concrete services for these stakeholders. Our vision is to promote governance processes for sustainability transitions, and our mission is to create a platform of collaboration for agents of change interested in the social and environmental challenges of Mexico City. We are now starting to implement three services to support the sustainability agents of change to promote a sustainability transition for Mexico City. If you are interested in following us and know more about our updates, you can register on our internet page, and social media.
Serving as facilitators to co-create collaborative projects between different sustainability decisionmakers, that are aligned to the analysis of the sustainability priorities of Mexico City. Our current work is focused on developing a manual that gives alternatives to scale rainwater catchment methods in Mexico City schools. This, by understanding the technical possibilities for the rainwater catchment construction but also the socially relevant issues to be addressed to include the community as well in the implementation and maintenance process of this infrastructure. We have co-created this project in different stages with over 150 sustainability decision-makers and interested stakeholders from the government, enterprises, NGOs, academia, international organizations, and students. The stakeholders were sometimes part of one or multiple stages of the process. To know more about this process, you can find information in this article.
Diffusing information about sustainability transitions, systems thinking, and about how these tools can be applied to face social and environmental challenges in water, energy, and food in Mexico City. We have published 5 informative videos on Youtube, participated as presenters in 3 international academic conferences, and in one international business conference. Moreover, we have created educational social media posts, and shared it with our network of sustainability decision-makers in government, enterprises, NGOs and academia.
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Individual or institutional diagnostic of their sustainability challenges, and recommendations on addressing them. We have made 2 institutional diagnostics using the Doughnut Economic City Portrait methodology, for an NGO and an enterprise. The feedback of both these workshops resulted positive reflections of how to bring interdisciplinarity and ownership over their sustainability transition processes.
To get to where we are now, we have been working with around 20 volunteers that have participated with their knowledge, experiences, and networks to shape the Coalition as it is today. We greatly thank each of them for their time, ideas, and support in this process!
Based on our journey of the past years, we are happy to share some of the lessons we learned whilst building a Doughnut Economic Coalition to promote sustainability transition processes:
After our two initial years of work, we have developed sufficient information to start the hands-on work. However, even when we have had constant interest of volunteers, we have acknowledged that we also need additional resources to have the quality of work we desire. For this, it is not possible to make it without sufficient human resources. For this reason, our current needs include:
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