Updated: Apr 9, 2019
7 out of the world’s 10 most polluted cities are in India Out of the 30 most polluted cities in the world 22 are from India. (According to the UN world air quality report 2019)
With 34% of the population living in such urbans cities of the country the environmental footprint of these cities is ever increasing, and the onus is upon us to act. While people can and do work for the environment on a personal or an organisational level, it is ultimately the governance of the country which is responsible for providing us a cleaner and a better environment. With India just days away from practising the biggest democratic exercise in the world, no major political parties in their manifestos or otherwise have stated environment as an topic of concern. Ultimate it would be our responsibility to make our voices heard.
Although it is our duty to protect the environment, it is the duty of the state under the Article 48A of the Indian constitution to protect and safeguard the environment.
With climate change & Other Environmental crises witnessing around the world. It is time to make our voices heard to the political discourse of the country. What we need to see is our leaders thinking seriously about our health and the environment.
What citizens can do is to question their constituency leaders about their plans for the environmental problems of the constituency, use social media to create campaigns to make our voices heard to the political leadership of the country, vote for candidates or parties which have better environmental plans for the country.
Pledge for Choose Environment for Better Tomorrow, Better Planet Link: https://www.acceleratesd.org/chooseenvironment