Leonardo DiCaprio, who has always been vocal about climate change and its after-effects, shared photos from the protest that Delhi citizens had organized. He also listed the actions that were triggered by the protests, along with the far-reaching consequences of air pollution.
Over 1500 citizens gathered in at India Gate, in New Dehli, to demand immediate action on the cities hazardous pollution levels.
According to the World Health Organisation, air pollution in India is estimated to kill about 1.5 million people every year; these statistics make air pollution the fifth-largest killer in India.
People of all ages joined the demonstration, which succeeded to directly trigger action for Indian citizens:
1. The Indian Prime Ministers office set up a special panel to address the issue, within a few hours of the protest. The panel is due to report on the issue within 2 weeks.
2. The Supreme Court of India asked the Central Government and respective state governments to fix the crop and waste burning issue of Dehli within a week.
3. The Center accepted that Green Fund will be used to combat toxic air pollution.
4. The Indian Prime Minister asked the Agriculture Ministry to distribute equipment urgently so that crop burning is no longer necessary.
Despite these promises, the air is still unsafe and activists will keep the pressure on until the air pollution reaches safe levels.
The protest was organised by a collaboration of movements”
DiCaprio has often raised his voice when it comes to environmental issues in India. In September, the actor took to social media to raise awareness for ‘Cauvery Calling’. Earlier in June, he discussed the water crisis in Chennai.
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