As the air pollution across the country has become a major concern, actor-turned-environmentalist Dia Mirza said that environmental issues should be in the manifesto of political parties. She suggested that we need to bring balance in our efforts, choices and policies to fight the crisis.
On the occasion of Children’s day, the former beauty queen was in Delhi to interact with children and discuss the issues and solutions for severe air pollution. Talking to Republic TV, the UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador for India said that she has led campaigns with the United Nations and other governmental and non-governmental organizations but 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. Mirza 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. She also thinks that everything has to happen gradually but effectively, and that is only possible when there is coordination between governments and the public.
Dia Mirza 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.