MEXICO CITY – Members of Greenpeace Mexico climbed the Diana the Huntress Statue on Wednesday to dramatize the problem of air pollution in this sprawling, traffic-clogged metropolis of 20 million people.
The activists festooned the iconic sculpture on Mexico City’s main thoroughfare with an oxygen tank and mask, accompanied by a sign reading: “The air in Mexico KILLS.”
Bad air quality causes more than 17,000 deaths per year in Mexico, according to figures compiled by Greenpeace.
The aim of the protest was to motivate the winners of the July 1 federal, state, and local elections to recognize the seriousness of the problem of air pollution and to take serious steps to address it, Greenpeace Mexico said.
May 2017 witnessed the longest air pollution emergency in Greater Mexico City since 1998.
The declaration of an air quality emergency brings with it restrictions on vehicle use and a requirement that factories reduce emissions of ozone precursors.
Authorities also urge children, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with respiratory and cardiovascular problems to remain indoors between 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm.
Authorities ordered 10 environmental alerts in 2016, two of which lasted for three consecutive days.