Is it possible for one of the most polluted cities in the world to clean up its toxic air?
In November 2019, Delhi declared a public health emergency when air quality index level went above 500 – more than 20 times the limit that the World Health Organisation considers safe. The spike was caused by the illegal burning of crops from the neighbouring states of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh though environmentalists pointed out that Delhi’s high carbon emissions from vehicles, factories and construction sites were also at fault.
Delhi’s youth are fighting for their right to breathe. One student activist even filed a petition to India’s Supreme Court demanding government action against air pollution.
The #COVID19 pandemic has shown that clean air and blue skies are achievable. With the city’s lockdown measures in place to contain the virus outbreak, Delhi residents have to #stayhome.
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