"This is important, as it shows that Mexico is serious about addressing climate change even if there is a change in leadership," agreed Jake Schmidt, international climate change policy director for the Natural Resources Defense Council. "This is another sign of how times have changed. Developing countries are acting, and questions linger about the U.S.'s actions."
The bill's passage comes on the heels of Mexico's worst drought in more than 70 years, which advocates said played no small part in the debate. The bill focuses heavily on the likely impacts of climate change in Mexico and points to concerns over the increase in extreme weather events.
But with the legislative session ending this week, activists said they were not sure it would actually pass. Avila noted that the bill wasn't even on the Senate calendar yesterday. Its reading and subsequent Senate passage caught even close followers of the legislation by surprise.
"It took us two years to have this law," he said. "Like most things in Mexico, we did it at the last minute. But we managed to accomplish it."
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