The water crises that we saw across Maharashtra and Chennai earlier this year are an ominous portent for India. With reports stating more than 100 million people losing access to safe water soon, India needs to take drastic steps to preserve her freshwater sources.
We are at the point where saving the earth literally means saving the earth. We need to look at how we’ve mistreated our soil and nurture it back to the stage where it can continue to sustain life on Earth for us and our future generations.
The story of India’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has been focused more on the optics than the fundamentals of enabling access to sanitation so far. This needs to change for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to truly become the pathbreaking success it can be.
One of the biggest issues affecting health, hygiene, sanitation, air and water quality and how our cities step into the future is urban waste management. Mountains of garbage dotting landfills all over urban India are not just an eyesore but an urgent crisis we need to resolve immediately.
The United States has always been a world leader, not just because of its superpower status or wealth or military or industrial might, but also because it leads in scientific innovation, civil liberties, women empowerment and issues like climate change.