Dia Mirza, actor and United Nations Environment Goodwill Ambassador for India, called the odd-even scheme implemented in Delhi a short-term measure and added that it does make a difference to curb pollution. But the environmentalist emphasized that solutions need to be found year-round and not like such knee-jerk measures.
“The odd-even system has brought down the pollution level in the past, we have noticed when it happened,” Dia Mirza told Republic World.
“It should be implemented if it can be implemented because the fact of the matter is that the bigger contributors to air pollution are not being addressed as robustly as they need to be,” she added.
Mirza said that actions to create change will be inconvenient and are not going to be easy. “Convenience is the biggest lie human beings told themselves because if you actually think about it, most of the things that we consider convenient, are actually harming our health and the planet,” said Mirza. According to her, everyone has to consciously and actively acknowledge that air pollution is a national health crisis. “It is something that is contributing to the loss of life, health and that leads to economic downfall and other kinds of problems that we don’t need,” she said.
Mirza wanted citizens to acknowledge the problem wholeheartedly in order to find solutions. She said there is a need to implement air monitoring systems across the country and get the research going so that we have our own data. The actor thinks everything has to happen gradually but effectively, and that is only possible when there is coordination between governments and the public.
On the occasion of Children’s Day, Dia Mirza was in Delhi to interact with children and to listen to their issues and find ways to fight air pollution. Mirza said that contributors to air pollution have not changed in the last 20 years.
“They have intensified because we are growing and all of these contributors to the problem are growing. So while we are working on solars we also need to ensure that policy and incentives to the thermal plants to reduce their emission level and shut down if they need to be,” she added.