Screen Shot 2015-06-08 at 6.33.03 PM“On May 29, journalist Gardiner Harris wrote his final piece as the New York Times South Asia correspondent. After three years on the beat, he delivered a summation of life in India that was equal parts horrifying memoir and scathing indictment of the government’s environmental policy. The descriptions of Delhi’s fetid air and water are grotesque, but it is the terror Harris experienced as a parent that truly drives the point home. While living in Delhi, Harris’ young son Bram developed debilitating asthma that required frequent injections of steroids and a heavy reliance on an inhaler…”

Author Pierce Nahigyan writes about the environmental price India has paid for economic development, the real environmental perils the country faces – “air, water, food, and flies,” according to Gardiner Harris, the impact of these hazards (i.e., toxic air) on India’s children and next generation, and the need for action. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set ambitious goals for India’s renewable development, but more action is clearly needed. Delhi’s toxic air and India’s countrywide pollution is not sustainable over the long- or even the near-term, and it’s already costing its citizens and their children more than they can ever get back.” Read it on

Delhi’s Toxic Air is Destroying Its Next Generation