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CABA: A City where breathing fresh air is the exception

CABA: A City where breathing fresh air is the exception

The city of Buenos Aires has only 6 square meters of green spaces per inhabitantbut the public policies of the Buenos Aires government are limited to advertising some million-dollar works paid for with money from citizens, which they lack an environmental perspective, They ignore air or noise pollution and affect everyone’s health. Not only are more green spaces not created, much needed in the south of the city for example, but also urban trees are destroyed.

The height of this policy, which generally seeks a quick advertising visual impact, came with the “plantation” of artificial trees in the Echeverría square (Villa Urquiza). In addition to not providing any health benefit, we add the danger of putting them in a children’s space. This decorative artifice it only lasted a week, since in the first storm these green-painted metals fell and were removedwhose probable destination is a landfill.

They prohibit the City Government from cutting down trees

Therefore, from the block of Front of All, we promote a request for reports in the Buenos Aires Legislature so that the City Government indicates for what purpose metal trees have been placed in the playground and surroundings, and how much they cost.

Cities are responsible for 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions, one of the causes of climate change. That’s why it is important to forest Buenos Aires, especially the popular neighborhoods of the City, for example in Villa 20, Luganoa survey was carried out that resulted in alarming figures: there is only 1 tree for every 80 people.

So we decided to present a project in the Buenos Aires Legislature to modify the Law of Public Trees, since among other things, trees emit oxygen, so that people have the vital element to breathe, they also absorb the harmful carbon dioxide from cars, buses and industries, and mitigate climate change.

The City of Buenos Aires must plant 100 thousand trees per year by law

Although the current Law on urban public trees has interesting elements that we maintain in our project, in reality many of the things it says are not respected by the GCBA authorities.

This is why there is a need for a modification and our project proposes a procedure manual that takes care of old specimens, to value, conserve, protect and increase urban public trees. Added to this, we have submitted various requests for reports on indiscriminate logging in the Cityworking with organizations that specialize in the issue, such as Enough to Mutilate Our Trees.

In less than two years, 70% of the trees in Paseo del Bajo dried up

But the Buenos Aires government clings to its advertising slogan: “Transformation does not stop” and in that search for “change”, it has also decided to cut down centenary trees over ten meters high in different neighborhoods, such as in San Telmo on Paseo Avenue Colón, where more than 70 trees were felled, or Villa Devoto (using the real estate and commercial development of the wine district as an excuse). The Green City has become a slogan, a sad caricature with the placement of tin trees, the replacement of grass by cement painted green in squares, and the remembered cement painted light blue in the summer of 2018, when Horacio Rodríguez Larreta he invited his neighbors to bathe for free in “pools” on the Costanera Norte; where no one could submerge, since they were flat surfaces painted light blue, with the aggravating circumstance that each cement slab cost almost a million dollars.

Good living in a healthy environment, with green spaces and less pollution, contribute to the common good. We are tired of seeing painted cement, or metal dyed green. Where there is a need, a right is born, that is why we deserve a City where breathing oxygen is not the exception, if not the rule.

*Laura Velasco, Buenos Aires legislator from Somos Barrios de Pie en el Frente de Todxs.

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