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What is an unsustainable city An unsustainable city Requires continual input of non-renewable resources uses renewable sources faster than the rate of renewal causes cumulative degradation of the environment requires resource in quantities that could never be available FACTS The population of Mexico City in 1996 was about 20 million roughly equivalent to 23 of entire Canadas population Air quality in Mexico City is unsatisfactory by international standards 324 days out of a year Mexico City consumes at least 60000 Liters of watersecond By year 2000 the water consumption is expected to be 100000 Literssecond 32000 industrial plants spew more than 12000 tons of pollutants into the air of Mexico City every day 7500 people died in New Delhi itself last year and 25 million were treated for various pollution-related diseases Delhis roads are clogged with 28 million vehicles every day and another 150000 to 200000 are added every year The per capita income per person in Calcutta is 15000 Clearly the facts speak for themselves Governments in the worlds wealthiest nations may support the notion of sustainable cities without admitting that it is consumers and enterprises in their cities that need to make the largest reductions in resource use and waste generation The idea of an environmentally sustainable city is a DREAM not a REALITY
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