Leonardo DiCaprio Brings Attention to Delhi’s Air Pollution Crisis

Leonardo extends support to the people of Delhi.

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Leonardo DiCaprio (L); an image from a protest in Delhi (R)
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Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio on Monday took to social media to bring attention to the severe pollution levels in Delhi, India. DiCaprio regrammed a post from another Instagram account, called ‘Extinction Rebellion’, which seeks to create awareness about various ecological crisis.

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

The caption of the post talks about the protest, about how 1500 people gathered at the location 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.”

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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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Further, the caption of the post goes on to list the achievements of the public protest, which ranges from getting the Indian Prime Ministers office to set up a special panel to address the issue to SC finally implementing measures to better the situation.

This isn’t the first time DiCaprio has been vocal about Indian environmental issues. In June, he took to Instagram to bring attention to Chennai’s water crisis. He did this by sharing a post by BBC. He wrote, “Only rain can save Chennai from this situation.”

The post read, “A well completely empty, and a city without water. The southern Indian city of Chennai is in crisis, after the four main water reservoirs ran completely dry. The acute water shortage has forced the city to scramble for urgent solutions and residents have to stand in line for hours to get water from government tanks. As the water levels depleted, hotels and restaurants started to shut down temporarily, and the air con was turned off in the city's metro. Officials in the city continue to try and find alternative sources of water - but the community continue to pray for rain. Tap the link in our bio to read more about Chennai's water crisis.”

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#Regram #RG @bbcnews: "Only rain can save Chennai from this situation." A well completely empty, and a city without water. The southern Indian city of Chennai is in crisis, after the four main water reservoirs ran completely dry. The acute water shortage has forced the city to scramble for urgent solutions and residents have to stand in line for hours to get water from government tanks. As the water levels depleted, hotels and restaurants started to shut down temporarily, and the air con was turned off in the city's metro. Officials in the city continue to try and find alternative sources of water - but the community continue to pray for rain. Tap the link in our bio to read more about Chennai's water crisis. (📸 Getty Images) #chennai #watercrisis #india #bbcnews

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