|The smog is Delhi is worse ever in 13 years! This is a picture from 31st Oct 2016 (Photo credit)|
1800 schools in Delhi were closed - for the first time - due to pollution levels that are now 13 times higher than safe limits. According to an NDTV report:
"Data from the city's pollution monitoring agency showed that concentrations of Particulate Matter or PM 10 (coarser pollutants) was over 1,200 micrograms per cubic metre this morning compared to a safe level of 100 at around 9 am in Delhi's Anand Vihar. PM 2.5, a standard measure of air quality, was as much as 13 times the safe limit."
|Kids are the worst affected! (Photo credit)|
I think we have now arrived at a point where it's no longer a topic to debate on social media. It's no longer about blame game. It's no longer about saying that we can't do without cars, people should stop bursting crackers. It's no longer the time to hope things will be back to normal once the Diwali smog has settled. Or the winters are gone. It is time to make a decision. NOW! Is the inconvenience of giving up cars worse than putting our health and that of our kids' at risk? Is it so important to burst crackers rather than enjoy Diwali in so many other ways there are?
I am sure the current situation in Delhi - other cities aren't any better - has us all thinking about how responsible we need to be from now. We have to decide the kind of world our children are going to inherit from us. We need to think of a long term plan and start working on it immediately.
Meanwhile, here are some tips to help us tide over the hard times for now.
This post is written for the daily blogging challenge #NaBloPoMo by Blogher where I will write one post everyday!