I feel that it’s a very lazy thing to blame the government on air pollution: Dia Mirza
Actor-activist Dia Mirza was recently appointed UN Environment's Goodwill Ambassador for India.
The 35-year-old actor has been recognised by the United Nations for her contribution to environment conservation. Dia hosted the UN Environment Champions of the year gala dinner on Tuesday evening. She spoke on how India can tackle the problem of pollution.
When she was asked, you feel that the government was not able to curtail the air pollution?
No, I feel that it's a very lazy thing to blame the government on air pollution. The schools needed to be closed. Whenever the air quality index crosses 300, it is incumbent upon to us close schools. I was in Amritsar three days ago and the air particle level crossed 300 which is not good. This is the something that media and public need to demand air quality solution. She continued, We have to find ways to implement lifestyle changes. We all can make a difference. The government will be compelled to make a difference when the see the private and public participation and commitment.
Unfortunately, the politics of most parts of the world and it is not limited to India, is so focused on the idea of development that needs to be redefined.
We need to understand that a sick worker, an unhealthy workforce cannot contribute towards a rising GDP. Can the world ever be free from pollution?
Absolutely, it can be. I think this decade is very critical for human progress.
There are more countries than ever before who are accepting and willing to beat pollution. Many of the urbanisation tools or urban living choices have been detrimental and harmful. Not just to the environment but to our own human life. Human beings love the idea of not just surviving but they want to outlast many things. It is our intrinsic urge to survive that will ensure we beat pollution collectively.