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Delhi pollution prompts Costa Rican envoy to retreat to Bengaluru

In a blog post, Mariela Cruz Alvarez says: “I’m sick with this poison as thousands are around the world in big cities, some more than others yes.”

india Updated: Nov 16, 2017 20:10 IST
Press Trust of India
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Press Trust of India, New Delhi
Delhi pollution,Costa Rican envoy,Mariela Cruz Alvarez
A traffic policeman puts on pollution mask while managing traffic on a smoggy day at ITO in New Delhi on Thursday.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

High level of air pollution in Delhi has affected the health of the Costa Rican envoy here, prompting her to retreat to Bengaluru.

Ambassador of Costa Roca to India Mariela Cruz Alvarez appealed to the people, saying the “blue planet is crying” due to pollution.

In a personal blog post, she said, “This past week the levels of pollution in Delhi reached impossible numbers. The consequences of breathing this air I had no idea--until I reached Bangalore and my system collapsed.”

The post was written last week, and on November 14 she wrote another piece highlighting the environmental concern.

“I’m sick with this poison as thousands are around the world in big cities, some more than others yes,” she said.

“What happened last week in Delhi was her voice speaking to the whole world. Headlines spoke about poisonous air, doctors claim the city was to be evacuated. I was there as millions watched how we breathed her hideous fumes.

“But they are not hers only even though she is taking the blame for all. The pollution comes from a blue planet that is crying,” Alvarez said.

The envoy, in her emotion-laden post appealed to the society and humanity to listen to the cry of the planet.

“Factories expelling poison into her in exchange for money and conveniently forgetting about their environmental responsibility. Those who charge us with their profits in exchange for our healths and well-being, brainwashing us into futile needs that are superficial and empty.

“Those who don’t care about children or anybody. Those who think they will be able to eat their bills when there is no more clean water or breathable air. Those who are patenting life as if they were gods,” she said.

“India I love you and I’m here to tell the world you are not alone,” she added.

“I’m not a visitor, I’m yours also. My voice is there to claim justice because we are all responsible for your pain.

“I could have planted more trees and consumed less plastic. I could walk more and ride my car less. I could have used less electricity and eaten less processed food in the past. But I chose to be selfish. I chose to look the other way,” she said.

“I’m as guilty as anyone in this country because the atmosphere is one for all. What happens in America affects Asia and the rest of the world. We are all in this together and those who choose the other way will keep their denial going,” the envoy said.

First Published: Nov 16, 2017 19:14 IST