What Makes Your Life Dynamic? An Interview with Journalist Jaime Maussan by Brit Elders
There’s a magical place high in the forest above Mexico City. Hand hewn steps lead down from the driveway to a complex of buildings that make you feel you have just stepped into the pages of a children’s storybook. Peering up from the deep rich green of the grass is a light shining from a skylight in the earth – the first clue that there is more here than the eye sees. A canopy of conifer trees whispers in the gentle breeze. Tiny saplings fill planters in row after row. Roses and Marguerites are bloom. The fragrance is heavenly. Everything one sees is an expression of natural beauty.
Copper glints in the afternoon sun from the roof of a multilevel structure that is supported by etched logs. Each carving is unique and all of the wood used to build these structures is from trees that were downed or dead. A carved hand from a tree trunk doubles as a chair for a moment of rest or solitude.
At the bottom of the steps is a heavy wooden door encased in an adobe Mayan arch that is encased in a mound of earth covered in grasses, flowers and trees. The door swings wide to a span of rope-bridge that leads to an underground, circular, adobe compound. This is the private world of internationally renowned journalist, Jaime Maussan, his wife, Bety Evangelista, who is also a recognized journalist, and their two children.
Jaime and Bety have made a commitment to the environment both in the private and professional lives and there home is a fine example.
Jaime studied journalism at National Autonomous University of Mexico and graduated from the University of Miami in Ohio. As the Director General and anchorman of Mexico’s 60 Minutes, Jaime has covered stories ranging from drug addicted children to political corruption to the Monarch butterfly that makes it’s winter home in Mexico to the paranormal. No topic is out of his spectrum and his innate curiosity propels him into many unusual stories. His hard-hitting journalism has garnered recognition and awards around the world and include honors from United Nations Institute of Population, the Canadian government, The World Wildlife Fund, as well as numerous awards in Mexico including a Golden Microphone, a Golden Laurel and recognition for balanced journalism.
DLM: Jaime, what makes your life dynamic?
JM: To have a purpose in life. When you have a real purpose, you get motivated. You get active and are looking all the time for ways to fulfill the goals. That’s what I do.
The human being has so much to do… So much to change. For example: We need to try to stabilize and protect the environment and the species in it. We need to be concerned about species exiting (ed: becoming extinct).
We have to be very active with life because it is up to us to help future generations, those that are not born yet.
There are those that are weak and whose only goal is money, but we have to be strong and help each other, help the planet, help the species.
DLM: What do you feel is the most urgent concern right now?
JM: Extinction. Climate change is a natural cycle. The planet gets warm and it cools. That’s normal. It has happened before. It will happen again. But we cannot recuperate any species that vanish because we have not cared for our environment.
Urgent action is required by us… by humans because these species are treasures that cannot be recuperated. No matter what science tries to do they cannot bring back the species that are no longer here. We have to try to educate nations, other people where the population is growing so fast that they are hurting the environment. They cannot keep destroying the forests and expect species to survive.
We have to help the environment. We cannot continue to contaminate the lakes and seas and destroy the coral reefs and forests. That is changing life on earth. And the species that we love will never come back if they are destroyed.