Thanks is given from us to Universidad del Caribe (http://www.unicaribe.edu.mx ), the fine state university at which we study. We particularly offer thanks to our Rector, Maestro Fernando J. Espinosa de los Reyes Aguirre, and to our university’s Academic Secretary, Maestra Ana Cristina Ávila López, who both guide our collective academic programme. UCaribe is the institution that first formally introduced us to the concept, practice and approach of sustainable development. Were it not for Universidad del Caribe, we would not yet even be in a strong position to know that we needed to write this book.

Our fullest and sincerest “thank you” goes to Lic. Jane E. Holmes Lewendon, Chief of the Department of English at Universidad del Caribe. Jane very kindly accepted and then acted on the request to establish a special course at the university, one in which we could write this book on sustainable development and México. That support of Jane’s was essential to our being able to come together as a group to complete this book.

We owe much gratitude and give heartfelt thanks to Dr. Michael K. Barbour (http://www.michaelbarbour.com AND http://www.coe.wayne.edu/instructionaltechnology/fac-barbour.htm ), an Assistant Professor in the Instructional Technology program at Wayne State University (http://www.wayne.edu/ ) in Detroit, Michigan, USA. Michael donated his valuable time to manage all of our tech-support needs. He secured our wiki addresses for us and fully uploaded all our information on to the e-book wiki. Michael, a Canadian Newfoundlander working in the USA, has set a fine example in inter-university relations between our three NAFTA countries and cultures.

We strongly thank all the Professors of the English Department and its SAC (Self Access Centre) at Universidad del Caribe. Their professional expertise in both English and sustainable development, as well as their personal approachableness, have been instrumental to us in our ability to write a book in our second language of English.

Our sincerest appreciation is given to Maestra Ana Priscila Sosa Ferreira, Chief of the Departamento de Turismo Sustentable, Gestión Hotelera y Gastronomía (Sustainable Tourism, Hotel Management and Gastronomy programme) at Universidad del Caribe, and to all her Professors in the Sustainable Tourism Department. Collectively, they have helped introduce us to sustainable development and expanded our understandings about its importance for human life on Earth.

Tom.jpg We want to sincerely thank our teacher: Maestro Thomas C. Esakin (http://www.thomasesakin.com ). This book would not have existed without him, for he has helped teach us about sustainable development and was also our essential support and guide as we wrote this book over this past semester. Through him we have learned of a new, sustainable, way of living: one which we can now all begin to put in to personal practice toward achieving sustainable development in México. We will not forget these teachings. Thank you, friend.