Hollywood actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio has extended support to groups working to raise awareness about the air pollution in Delhi and its damaging effects. Delhi’s AQI is expected to again touch severe levels by Thursday, according to forecasts.
The Oscar-winner gave a push to the efforts of the groups with an Instagram post, “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,” DiCaprio wrote, adding, “The Indian Prime Minister’s 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 two weeks.”