During her participation in the event “Civil Engineering is: Collaboration with Us and Engineering”, held at the College of Civil Engineers of Mexico (CICM), the Head of Government of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, assured that the capital had adopted a sustainable development policy model based on three axes: economic development, social development and environmental benefit.
“Because there can be no economic development that does not take environmental impacts into account. There can be no social well-being that does not consider a model of economic development and which does not consider a model of well-being. In other words, the three edges: well-being, economic development, impact environment are part of the same thing. That’s why I like to represent it in a triangle, where each point of the triangle, each edge represents each of these points,” he said.
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The president of the capital explained that, to solve these problems, the government of the capital has invested in public transport -which is used by 75% of the population- through the implementation of electromobility through three actions : the acquisition of 500 new zero-emission trolleybuses, the construction of the elevated Trolleybus in Iztapalapa and the incorporation of Cablebus lines 1 and 2.
“What are the characteristics of these cable cars? Well, they just go to the poorest parts of the city, the poorest; and transporting the city’s poorest to the Mexico City Metro. What does it mean? Well, it’s the best means of transport, the best for those who have less. What is in this policy? Well, sustainability content; economic development for the region, because the cable car is going to bring economic development to the region, the well-being of those who have less is taken care of and the best technology is provided,” he explained.
Sheinbaum Pardo pointed out that, to transfer this technology from Switzerland and Italy to Mexico City, Electrical Transportation System (ETS) engineers are being trained to become cable car experts in the city and in the countryside, so that a cable A automotive operators school will be created in Mexico City.
The head of government shared that another policy being developed in Mexico City is the Rosario Castellanos University, which welcomes 30,000 young people who study in three different modalities: face-to-face, online and hybrid, which offers three degrees of engineer and who they place it as a new educational offer in the capital for students who cannot find a place.
“What does it mean to open a new university? Well, it’s a sustainable development policy. Why? because we open rights, we generate well-being, we give opportunities to young people, we create a good school where they leave with the best quality and at the same time we generate economic development and we are sure that these professionals will have the ethics and will have the preparation so that, not that they develop, have the environmental issue in their minds,” he added.
He added that Mexico City is today the most connected city in the world with 15,000 free Wi-Fi points, so it is also an example of a policy that improves the well-being of families, promotes economic development and , at the same time, has less environmental impacts and promotes technological innovation.
Regarding the electricity reform proposed by the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the head of government affirmed that it is wrong to want to bring dirty energy to the country, because it touches precisely on all issues of sustainable development: renewable energies, social protection and a development model that allows long-term sovereignty of the country, in addition to a sufficiently strong electricity company to allow national development.
The local president asked the students to take into account in any discussion, not only technical issues, the three axes of sustainable development, because we cannot think of a Mexico of the future if poverty is not eradicated, inequalities are reduced, environmental conditions are improved and inclusive economic development is promoted.
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“If you evolve as professionals, with an ethic where you not only gain more economic resources for yourselves, for your businesses – which is legitimate, I am not saying no –, but which does not take into account the other part, if you always do it with ethics and always thinking about how they contribute to national development, if they forget that part, I think, from my very particular point of view, that a fundamental part as that human beings is lost,” he said.
Also present at the event were the President of the XXXVIII Board of Directors of the College of Civil Engineers of Mexico AC (CICM), Luis Rojas Nieto; the General Coordinator of the CICM Student Club and President of the Faculty of Engineering, UNAM, Mario Alberto Soberanes Haro; the president of the Student Club of the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Paula Valeria Zárate Berriel; the secretary of the CICM Student Club and president of the FES Acatlán, seat of the UNAM, Sergio Chimal Ramírez; and the coordinator of “We and Engineering” and president of the FES Aragón Student Club, Nahomy Alessandra Peniche, as well as representatives of various public and private universities.