Mexico City Launches "Green Plan"

In yet another bold gesture demonstrating that he wants to emulate green mayors like Bogota's Enrique Peñalosa and London's Ken Livingstone, Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard recently unveiled a "Green Plan" for the metropolis.

"Today concludes the first stage in a long path that we should take to build the sustainable city that we want," said Ebrard on Friday.

The "Plan Verde" is divided into seven thematic actions: land conservation, public space, water, mobility, air, waste and climate change and energy.

One of the most controversial elements of the plan is an extension to the "Hoy No Circula" (Today Don't Drive) plan, a program where drivers are prohibited from using their vehicles one weekday a week based on their license plate numbers to reduce pollution. Beginning in 2008, Hoy No Circula will be extended to Saturday. One fifth of the city's 2.5 million registered vehicles will be restricted from circulating between 10 am to 6 pm. Plan Verde also includes rules on the provision of water to those who don't pay for the service, as well as the substitution of 100% of the city's official vehicle fleet for cleaner models.

Among the various environmental big wigs on the plan's advisory council is Nobel Prize in Chemistry winner, Mario Molina. ::Via La Jornada (Spanish link)

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