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Column | The clean air is only for the rich

In each city, the lowest levels of income tend to concentrate in certain neighborhoods, not necessarily away from the center. So, in Madrid, in the south area l

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Column | The clean air is only for the rich

In each city, the lowest levels of income tend to concentrate in certain neighborhoods, not necessarily away from the center. So, in Madrid, in the south area live more families of low socio-economic area in the north. In Paris, the division does not respond to the axis north-south, but east-west.

A compelling reason to build more expensive housing and projecting beautiful housing developments is the quality of the air, as determined in good part by the direction of the prevailing winds. And this is how we design cities. In Madrid, to the north, closer to the sierra, is home to the great income, while in the south, the industry, the traffic and the high density of the population add up to some suburbs in an atmosphere unbreathable. “The south of the M-30 is truly the 0 zone of pollution”, published last year, The Confidential, because that is where they are detected with a certain assiduity of the most toxic of the capital. Three stations detected the past year, with pollution levels much higher than allowed, according to THE COUNTRY. Two are in the south: Getafe and Leganés. In the design of Paris, also the air has had a great influence: the winds tend to blow from the west. Come in the channel. The eastern districts, therefore, comes a air more vitiated.

The quality of the air, in short, amounts to a tort a comparative to which already means the relative poverty. According to the Fundación Roger Torné not only is there a direct relationship between socioeconomic environment and health, but also between the level of pollution that suffer the school and their academic results. The children of people who breathe an air less clean pay less. The relationship between income and air quality, to give another example, it is also very evident in Lima (Peru). There, in the districts of Ate, Huachipa, Puente Piedra and Villa Maria del Triunfo, where mostly live families of middle and low income, the peaks of pollution are above the average.

This is a reality that we have assumed because it responds to the logic already accepted in the market; devoid of soul and the sense of justice, as it is known. So to us it seems natural and consistent that those who more money you can breathe better. Large-scale, richer countries send their factories and their waste to poor countries.

The democracies, with the money of all, they do what they can to balance the inequalities produced by the market. But things can still get worse. In the science fiction series of Rosa Montero occurs a rebellion because the united States of the Earth charge through the air and punish the marginalization and the toxic air to the poor. The problem is that, as we have already seen, this type of fiction does not often consider if what you predict will come or not, but when you will be a part of our daily reality.

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