As the pall of smoggy gloom suffocates all and cripples life in the national capital, citizens, young and old, from all walks of life in the capital have geared up to carry out a series of protests starting November 6 to fight for their right to breathe.
“It’s time to help ourselves and make our voices heard by those who can directly influence the quality of air we breathe,” the organizers under the banner–My Right To Breathe–said.
In a sort of a people’s movement, thousands of ordinary concerned citizens, including children, will “walk together” at Jantar Mantar from 10 am to 12 pm, to highlight several demands to check air pollution in the city.
The citizens’ demands include better environment-friendly public transport system, strict ban on firecrackers and air pollutants and burning crops in and around the city at all times, creation of proper waste management, restriction on construction pollution and entry of trucks in the city by creating bypasses, shutting down of thermal power plants and emergency plan.
“Many public personalities and opinion leaders have joined our cause, including Kapil Dev, Rannvijay Singh, Sonam Kapoor, Sonu Sood, Suhel Seth and the support is growing every hour. Large corporates and NGO’s like YPO have also joined us,” the organizers said.
“Thousands of people and children are joining by the second. Your presence and support is invaluable to make this critical change,” they said.
Children from schools like the ARDEE Schools, British school, Bloom Public School, ACE, TSRS, and many more will represent the millions of children who face a hazardous today and a torturous tomorrow, unless remedial measures are taken on a war footing, according to a release. Hospitals, including Medanta and Fortis, are also coming together, it stated.