China has placed advertisements at public places depicting the environmental issues in Indian cities like Mumbai to warn its people about the impact of climate change and encourage them to plan future around low carbon development, reports PTI.
China is the world’s largest carbon emitter and the country has been running national campaign to deal with the rising occurrences of smog in several of its cities.
According to a survey done by the China’sown ministry of environmental protection in February this year, it was found that only eight Chinese cities met the country’s air quality standards in 2014.
The CNN reported that the worst cities were in the industrial province of Hebei, near the capital Beijing, where the average reading of PM2.5 — tiny particles that can embed themselves deep in the lungs — were 93 micrograms per cubic meter — almost triple the country’s national standard of 35. This was way higher than the permissible limit set by the World Health Organization.
Advertisements put up in the Chinese capital are depicting pictures of Mumbai and Allahabad among others.
One of the ads says the grim situation teenagers faced in Mumbai on not finding appropriate place to play is due to heap of plastic garbage. “The beaches in Mumbai were covered in plastic garbage, teenagers, eager to release energy of youth, had no choice but to play cricket in the garbage heap,” said one of the ads,which prominently highlights a picture showing a boy playing cricket on heap of garbage at a beach.
Another advertisement speaks about Allahabad. “On July 12, 2015, the city of Allahabad in India was hit by sandstorms, the resulting low visibility made it impossible for pedestrian to see each others in the sand,” describes the billboard under the concept of low carbon development. The picture put up with the message shows four persons facing sandstorm while walking in front of a written slogan of ‘Ganga Bachao’ campaign.