June 23, 2021

Medellín declares the climate alert for air quality



The mayor of Medellín, Daniel Quintero, declared the climate alert because of the serious pollution facing that Colombian city and announced the plan to counteract it in a press conference held Monday from Cerro Nutibara.

The burgomaster announced that together with the Ministry of the Environment, the goal is that on March 21 and 22 the children of the schools will plant 70,000 trees. “We hope that at the end of our four year period each of the 350,000 children in the schools has planted a tree,” said Quintero.

In addition, in the Metropolitan Area there will be two pilots with EnCicla, the public bicycle system of the Metropolitan Area of ​​the Aburrá Valley. “From EnCicla people can use bicycles to climb the slopes,” he said.

Likewise, the Metropolitan Area will build the north-south bike path and the National Government will be asked to join the technical environmental table that the city has been developing.

Another measure that they hope to implement will be the creation of the ‘anti-chimney’ squad, “a mechanism through which citizens can help us by denouncing plates that are contaminating, so that we with the digital camera systems can identify them,” said the mayor.

On the other hand, the mayor proposes to make a popular survey in which the citizens will be asked if they agree or not with demanding in public works tenders that all trucks and dump trucks be gas or electric, oblige all new constructions so that all its parking lots have electrolineras (chargers of cars and electric bicycles), and prohibit since December 1, 2022 the coal industries in the Aburrá Valley.

Also, through the consultation, citizens will be asked if they agree to convert Olaya Herrera Airport into a large park, and transfer it to Ovejas or Santa Fe de Antioquia.

Regarding the circulation of vehicles, the consultation will ask about the possibility that in 10 years only electric or gas cars can circulate in the city of Medellín, and that in 2025 there will be a restriction on diesel vehicles.

In addition, declaring Medellín a protected air zone, and implementing the environmental labeling system, which will allow the circulation or not of vehicles in certain areas, will be another point of the popular consultation.

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