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30 years ago, Medellin was known for being a dangerous city filled with crime and drug cartels. Now it is striving to become Latin America’s first eco-city.

Through smart investments in poor communities, transportation, and schools, Medellin has been able to transform itself into a modern oasis.

With Covid restrictions in place, Medellin has taken the opportunity to set up a more climate-friendly plan for the future and hopes to transform the city further with renewable energy, transportation, housing, water, and waste.

The governor wants to cut carbon emissions by 20% by creating more eco-friendly options of transportation. Medellin already has Colombia’s only metro and electric bus system, and there are also plans to add a new electric charging station for its 69 electric buses.

As grand as these ideas seem, not everyone is so quick to believe them. Many people have criticized the plans to make Medellin an eco-city, mostly because the city does not seem to have the budget to achieve it.

Daniel Duque, a city council member of the left-leaning Green Alliance party, said, “The mayor intends some things in his speeches. Unfortunately, in reality, this cannot be true because there is no political will, no budget, and no suitable people in charge of many of these tasks.”

With these contradicting statements, it is unclear whether Medellin will in fact be Latin America’s first eco-city. The idea sounds amazing, but there need to be resources to back it up as well.

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