Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
The Central Government must undertake these measures on priority:
-- Heavily invest in developing infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists,
-- Waste must be segregated, recycled and/ or composted instead of dumping it in the landfills and oceans,
-- Further invest in clean, renewable sources of energy,
-- Provide a network of decentralized construction, and demolition waste collection and segregation,
-- Strictly enforce emission norms for all industries like regular calibration and replacement of online sensors; ensure retrofitting of FGD in polluting plants to reduce emissions from these plants by at least 30%.
Why is this important?
COVID-19 brought India to a complete standstill. During this period, the country has also been hit by cyclone ‘Amphan’ on the east coast, cyclone ‘Nisarga’ on the west coast, and an attack by swarms of locusts that destroyed over one lakh acres of cropland in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.
The entire situation has resulted in numerous lives lost, mass unemployment and the economy plummeting, and the millions of the most vulnerable continue to battle unimaginable suffering.
Though all these incidents need to be understood as manifestations of a disruption in the ecological balance, and accompanying climate change. They cannot be viewed in isolation. This is why it's more important now than ever to ensure that as lockdown norms ease, and India plans its economic recovery, it does not again come at the cost of the environment.
The lockdown imposed due to the pandemic resulted in a sharp decline in overall pollution levels. Citizens experienced the cleanest air in over two decades. We need to re-imagine a post-lockdown world where we nurture the environment while moving on development.
Policy decisions and investments on critical relief and essential recovery measures must not come at the cost of the environment. They should focus on clean, renewable sources of energy, protecting our rivers and skies, and prioritizing pedestrians, cyclists and public transport.
Join us in the demand of a #HealthyRecoveryGreenRecovery.