Mexico City’s desperate environmental measures discriminate against the population

It’s always interesting to think about the perception people used to have about the environment.

Before, people would usually think that they could use whatever they wanted whenever they needed something, regarding nature’s resources, because there was plenty of it for our use. But in the last few decades we have seen that whatever it was that seemed a lot now is in short supply. We can see nowadays that several measures have been undertaken in order to solve two major contemporary problems that are: air pollution and water supply.

Regarding air pollution, the Mexican government has decided to apply a “No Circula” rule. This means that if your car is not in a fit state, or if it has a certain “age”, so to speak, you are not allowed to drive it on certain days during the week. This is one of the examples that the amount of clean air is constantly reducing and now a regulation has to be imposed so that the air isn’t polluted so heavily, however I think that even though it is a good measure, the amount of unpolluted air will be constantly growing.

 

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It’s important to mention that the water supply in several areas of the city has to be cut because the amount of clean water that we could use is no longer available as freely, and so the government must manage and distribute a reduced amount of clean water that is available for most of the people.

The funny thing is that in Mexico inequalities are everywhere, including water supply. Whilst areas like Iztapalapa have water shortages, other areas like Polanco do not suffer that much because they have more resources to afford clean and sufficient quantities of water.

Also people who are not able to afford to buy a new car that is able to be driven every day or can’t take it to be verified, must modify their whole way of living. Their methods of transportation are limited, which is something that does not happen with people who can afford to have a new car every 2 or 3 years.

To conclude, I believe that humans will only be truly concerned about the water and air pollution when our options are reduced to none. Why? Because wealthy people are still not concerned or worried about water when people who struggle everyday even for a cold shower will no longer have the opportunity to do so. Yes, I know that measures have been taken in order to provide equal opportunities to clean air and water, but in my opinion, we still have to employ stronger measures and sacrifices. 

 

By Jorge Mayorga

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9 thoughts on “Mexico City’s desperate environmental measures discriminate against the population

  1. I think that you analyzed a very interesting topic, because is something that affects us as citizens of this country .And I hope one day all mexicans can be concient about the extreme water and air pollution issue we are facing.

  2. Do you think that measures have been taken to eradicate the pollution of water? What do you consider that political parties should propose to try to solve this issue?

  3. Your points are good, however maybe you could expand and mention other problems as well as providing solutions. It doesn’t do to just say ok, this is the problem and leave it like that. Give solutions and explain the pros and cons of them based on different aspects such as environmental education, budget, etc.

  4. The article has an interesting point in which I would like to make emphasis. Inequalities, specially in Mexico, are quite noticeable and a very important factor for the unconcern of the misuse of water or air pollution. People who has access to basic services such as water or gas, or has the possibility to have a car, does not feel the insufficiency of natural resources. In the other hand people who does not have the same possibilities, tends to be more aware about these ecological problems. I think that everyone should experience this lack of resources to make us more conscious about the situation we are facing.

  5. Jorge, I like your article, and I agree that it’s human nature not to want to give up things we have access to. I think solutions are possible without forcing vast numbers of the population to experience a lower standard of living. From the perspective of a foreigner living in Mexico City, the traffic seems absurd. There needs to be an equitable manner of alleviating traffic, which costs hours and hours of productivity in Mexico each day. I don’t believe expanding the road network is a viable option, perhaps safer and newer public transport options would help the issue? It’s a true dilemma and an issue that needs sorting.

  6. An interesting recurrent topic regarding industrialisation is being addressed in most of the blogs, and this poises an interesting dilemma, growth limited to those who can afford it. A cycle from the beginning of industrialisation to its consequences, and neither respect equality or boundaries.

  7. The problem of inequality between social clases has been an issue for many decades now and i really liked your approach with the water supply, the most esential thing for life.

  8. I dont think its so bad that people have to re organice its methods of trasportation because on mexico there are many and more ways to transport and the public transportation is easier to regulate than a whole lot of cars.

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