This Friday, I’m headed to one of the largest, most densely populated cities in the world—Mexico City, also know as D.F. (day-f-ay, as it’s pronounced) which stands for Districto Federal. I took a 5-day trip there in 2006, but this 2011 trip will be just 3 days. It’ll go bien rapido (really quick), but I’m super emocionada—which means excited, not emotional (though there’s a good chance I’ll get emotional too! : ) I can’t wait to check out the music festival Corona Capital on Saturday (my dude’s band No Age is performing along with long-time faves The Strokes, Portishead and others). That will be rad, and fun to compare with my experience attending Primavera Sound in Barcelona! But, what I’m most interested in writing about while I’m there are signs that Mexico City is indeed becoming a greener city.
In 1992, the United Nations declared Mexico City the most polluted on the planet. High ozone levels were thought to cause 1,000 deaths and 35,000 hospitalizations a year. According to a 2010 Washington Post story, this megalopolis once had the world’s worst air, with skies so poisonous that birds dropped dead in flight. Eeek! But supposedly, efforts to clean the smog are showing visible progress, revealing stunning views of snow-capped volcanoes—and offering a model for the developing world.
I definitely need to do more research on the topic (since I’m seeing conflicting info everywhere), but what I do have on my “green” things to-do agenda are as follows:
(1) Stay at what’s being billed as the “first eco-friendly B&B in Mexico City”—El Patio 77, equipped with solar panels and a recycled water system, (2) take a stroll through Bosque de Chapultepec (Chapultepec Forest)—the largest city park in Latin America measuring in total just over 686 hectares, and (3) probably eat at a few vegan/veggie spots—Flor de Lis seems like the best I’ve come across so far in my internet search.
But, andale amigos! I need more ideas on what eco-friendly things there are to do in D.F. Taking the metro, I know is on my list—even though I almost had an anxiety attack when I took it in 2006 ‘cuz there were so many frickin’ people! But, this time, I’m ready. So, please leave a comment if you have any other fun ideas.
Mil gracias. Mil besos, s