Posted: 15 July 2008 at 8:07am | IP Logged
I understand the point you make and of course it is right that we all should have the ability to breathe "clean air"
The difficulty I have is in comparing India and it's pollution problem to the US and/or EU and western countried generally - it isnt really fair to compare them as they are not like for like.
I am not an expert in environmental issues, nor indeed in India, but I do understand soem steps have been taken in places like Delhi, for example, in terms of restrictions on commercial trucks/haulage and pushing many industrial sites further away from residential areas.
But with India's population and rich/poor divide, it always smacks of hypocrisy when we tell people ( a lot of whom are poor) to be green when the affluent people have been gas/petrol/ AC guzzlers for years.
It's so difficult, because it is an important issue - i just cant expect everyone to be on board and take up the issue, if it will affect their lives adversely, "they" meaning indiginous populations.