YIIP Assignment #3 - Describing environmental issues in Mexico City
06.08.2008 25 °C
So I took a look around me, and I saw a lot of garbage, traffic, and smog. Yes, Mexico City is not a very environmentally conscious place even though it appears very green in some areas. All environmental issues here result from the insatiable demands of the massive population (over 20 million) and the poor infrastructure that is struggling to keep up with the demands. The geographical make up and location of Mexico City make things even worst and due to the surrounding mountains and slow circulation of air most of the smog and pollution constantly hover over the city.
On the street, people aren't ashamed to leave garbage anywhere and garbage bins are generally only found in parks. At home, the most recycling people do is by separating "organicos" from "inorganicos" but in most scenarios these two end up in the same pile.
As for environmental consciousness and action, just like anywhere else in the world, people seem to care and become more aware only when the environmental issues interfere with their personal comfort. So, because respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses have been claiming thousands of lives every year the government has tried to implement different programs to reduce the pollution. The most famous of those programs is the "Hoy no circula" (“Today don't drive”) that was implemented in 1989 and restrains cars, according to their license plate number, from driving on a certain day of the week. I guess it was a great idea at the time but the reality today is that if you’re rich enough to have a car then you’re probably rich enough to have two cars (or at least rich enough to have $10 bucks in your pocket to pay off the officer…).
So, Mexico City’s environmental future doesn’t look very bright (pun intended) and there is definitely lots a room for more programs. Some of my personal ideas include promoting a greener lifestyle through ad campaigns in the media and educating the young about the ill fate our planet is heading towards.
And that’s all folks. Now go hug a tree for me!