In early November, smog seeped into every crevice of New Delhi. An anticyclone had struck, pulling pollution towards the center of the city and sending particle concentrate through the roof. Twenty million people were effected by the unprecedentedly terrible air quality, for a week.

We are facing crisis. We dismiss the truth not because we can’t accept it, but because having to commit ourselves to change is a scary prospect for anybody. The most alarming part of the statement ’we are facing crisis’ Isn’t the word ’crisis’, It’s the word ’we’.”-Shane Koyzcan, “Shoulders”

Environmental injustice exists; some have access to cleaner water or live in less polluted areas based on their income. However, when environmental crises reach their peak, like the most recent anticyclone in New Delhi, no one can escape. Despite the different care New Delhi’s rich and poor had access to-some had nebulizers, others only milk for their children-people across the socioeconomic spectrum struggled to breathe.

How can we ensure environmental issues are everyone’s priority? How can we mobilize people from different classes, races, etc. to environmental causes? What happens if we don’t?

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