Leonardo DiCaprio expresses concern over Delhi pollution crisis: Despite promises, the air is still unsafe

Leonardo DiCaprio has raised his concerns regarding Delhi's air pollution crisis, reposted a bunch of photos from a public protest at India Gate

FP Staff November 19, 2019 11:37:52 IST
Leonardo DiCaprio expresses concern over Delhi pollution crisis: Despite promises, the air is still unsafe

Hollywood actor and climate activist Leonardo DiCaprio has raised concerns regarding Delhi's air pollution crisis. The actor has backed the efforts of several groups who are constantly working to highlight the hazardous effects of severe air pollution in India, especially the national capital.

DiCaprio reposted a bunch of photos from a public protest at India Gate in Delhi. The photos show several people standing near the monument with placards in their hands. The placards read slogans like “I want a better future” and “Breathing is killing me”, with the intention of calling out attention to the city’s air pollution crisis.

"Over 1,500 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," the actor shared on Instagram.

Further DiCaprio listed four points on the steps the government is taking to prevent air pollution.

Check out his post here


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#Regram #RG @extinctionrebellion: 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; @xrebellionind @LetMeBreathe_In @FridaysForFutureIndia_ along with other activists. ⁣ ⁣ Photography by Arjun Mahatta and co, via @FridaysForFuture ⁣ ⁣ #RightToBreathe #ExtinctionRebellion #IndiaGate #SolutionNotPollution #ActNow #RebelForLife

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When DiCaprio won the Oscar for his film The Revenant, he used the stage and the winning moment to talk about climate change and about not taking the planet for granted. A majority of the posts on his account reflect his concerns over the ongoing environmental issues around the world.

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