Pollution and Garbage from India Hurting America: Donald Trump

The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi with the Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Shinzo Abe, and the President of United States of America (USA), Mr. Donald Trump in a Trilateral Meeting of JAI (Japan-America-India), on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit, in Osaka, Japan. Photo: PIB (file photo)
The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi with the Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Shinzo Abe, and the President of United States of America (USA), Mr. Donald Trump in a Trilateral Meeting of JAI (Japan-America-India), on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit, in Osaka, Japan. Photo: PIB (file photo)

Trump’s remarks directly target Prime Minister (PM) of India Narendra Modi who keeps roaming aimlessly in all parts of the world, but he never tried to improve the living conditions in India which are going from bad to worse.

By Rakesh Raman

As the pollution level has crossed the life-threatening limits in India – including India’s capital New Delhi, the U.S. President Donald Trump blamed India for spreading pollution in America.

Trump did not mince his words to say categorically that “garbage from India is floating all the way to Los Angeles.”

In his remarks at the Economic Club of New York on Tuesday, Trump said that countries like China, India and Russia are doing “absolutely nothing” to clean up their smokestacks and industrial plants and the garbage that they drop in sea floats into Los Angeles.

Trump’s remarks directly target Prime Minister (PM) of India Narendra Modi who keeps roaming aimlessly in all parts of the world, but he never tried to improve the living conditions in India which are going from bad to worse.

As India is the most polluted country in the world, the pollution from India is spreading in all parts of the world. Recently, the UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore had also expressed her concern over the toxic air, suggesting that an immediate action is needed to clean the air for children – particularly in Delhi.

A new IQAir AirVisual report, which covered 3,000 cities of the world, has revealed that Gurugram (a.k.a. Gurgaon) a suburb of the Indian capital New Delhi is the most polluted city of the world while 22 of the top 30 polluted cities are in India.

Delhi remains the most polluted national capital across the world, as per a study conducted by the environment-protection organization Greenpeace. The air quality in the national capital region has been constantly deteriorating.

[ Download and Read: Delhi Disaster Report 2019 ]

An interactive tool on the Breathe Life 2030 website shows a Particulate Matter (PM) 2.5 level of 143 micrograms per cubic metre (annual mean) in Delhi. This is over 14 times more than the WHO (World Health Organization) safe level of 10 µg/m3. Simply put, the people of Delhi are inhaling poison from the air.

Trump said that developing countries like India and China are doing nothing to stop pollution and the Paris Agreement on climate change would have killed American jobs and shielded foreign polluters with the loss of trillions and trillions of dollars to America. In 2017, Trump had decided to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change.

A few days ago, the Trump administration formally informed the United Nations of its withdrawal from the 2015 Paris Agreement signed by 188 nations, including India, to combat global warming and climate change.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. He is the founder of a humanitarian organization RMN Foundation which is working in diverse areas to help the disadvantaged and distressed people in the society. He also creates and publishes a number of digital publications on different subjects.

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