As the Christmas season descends upon us like a festive avalanche, there's more to worry about than just perfecting that awkward family photo for the annual holiday card. According to Alfonso de la Vega Rivera, the deputy director of Sustainable Campuses at the University Coordination for Sustainability of the UNAM, the merriment and mayhem of the Mexican Christmas holidays bring with them a less-than-cheery consequence: a dump-truck load of waste and pollutants.
Move over, Grinch. It turns out, we might be our worst environmental enemy during the holidays. Picture this: 16 thousand tons of garbage daily in Mexico City during the holiday season. That's like turning Santa's sleigh into a landfill daily. Apparently, we're not just stuffing our faces with tamales; we're also stuffing landfills with the fallout of our festive excess.