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Mexico City’s Air Is So Unhealthy, They’re Trying Something Ingenious To Purify It

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Vertical Gardens Might Solve Mexico City’s Pollution Problem

Posted by Seeker Network on Saturday, August 27, 2016

Mexico City is making some major changes to fight air pollution.

Since 2012, Mexico City officials have been funding vertical gardens around the city to suck up the pollution that blankets Mexico’s capital. This time, instead of free-standing walls and structures, they are making use of the pillars that support elevated roadways. Best yet, it isn’t going to cost the city or the residents any extra money since the plants, which grow in a cloth and not dirt, are watered from runoff water that comes from the roads above them. Good thing too. Just this year, Mexico City banned 40 percent of cars from taking to the roadways since vehicles were blamed for almost 50 percent of the noxious fumes choking the city.

Those are some super fancy gardens.

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There are currently 10 vertical gardens around Mexico City, but there are hopes and plans to expand that number to hundreds. The plan would help clear up the air of a very polluted city and just in time too because Mexico City recently issued it’s first air pollution alert for the first time since 2005.

READ: The Greatest Pyramid Of The World Is In Mexico, Not Egypt

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8 Racist Habits Latinos Seriously Need To Drop


8 Racist Habits Latinos Seriously Need To Drop

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While Latinx actively criticize Trump and his followers for being dumb racists, we seem to be a lot more forgiving with the constant racism we hold among ourselves. These are some clear examples of racismo in our own communities:

1. Referring to pajones as “pelo malo.”

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This description goes way beyond a simple aesthetic preference across Latin American and among Latinx in the U.S. to a bigger rejection of anything of African ancestry.

2. Calling people “morenos” or “negritos” instead of by their names.


As the recent controversy around the term “moreno” showed, people would do well to think about the implication of skin color-based nicknames and what they signify. Too much of the time, it reflects a tendency to see white or light-skinned people as neutral as black or dark-skinned people as “other.”

3. Actively denying racism.


Saying things like, “I am not a racist but… I wouldn’t want my daughter to date a negro” does, in fact, mean you need to acknowledge your racism.

4. Adhering to the concept of “mejorando la raza.”


For those unfamiliar, this is the idea that marrying into a white/ light skin family will produce lighter babies, which will “improve” the race overall. Not only does the concept misunderstand the fact that Latinx isn’t a race, it also places a higher value on lighter skin.

5. Wiping out Afro-Latinos from history.


There are definitely Latinx who will will deny that blacks were ever part of their current population or Latin American history. All it takes is some a few minutes of research to show how integral black Latinx were and are integral to this ethnicity.

6. Using black as an insult.


Steve Harvey’s Miss Universe oopsie granted him a storm of insulting tweets from angry Latinx, and far too many of them reference his blackness.

7. Valuing a white standard of beauty above all others.


We all agree Jennifer López, Sofía Vergara, Shakira and Selena Gomez are beautiful women. They also represent a very stereotypical idea of what a beautiful Latina is suppose to look like.

8. Using comments like “but you don’t look Latinx…”


Why is it so hard for people to understand that this ethnicity can encompass ANY race?


READ: 10 Awkward Questions Black Latinos Are Asked Way Too Often

Tell us what you think: What can Latinx do to combat racism among ourselves? 

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