Racing for clean air
RACE FOR CLEAN AIR
MOTORSPORTSMAN WITH SUSTAINABLE MOTIVES
IN GREY CONDITIONS EVERYDAY
He leaves his personal comfort zone in his adopted country, Monaco, to immerse himself in the world’s greyest daily life in New Delhi: India’s capital, the second-largest city (28.5 million residents) in the world after Tokyo, is the metropolis with the worst air pollution. Here Lucas di Grassi, together with renowned local environmental journalist Bahar Dutt, meets with people for whom the increasingly menacing smog and its consequences are part of everyday life. Just like Shanti, the car mechanic, who shows the prominent guest one of Delhi’s largest truck workshops. Amongst countless dump trucks, tractors and lorries, Shanti tells of her Husband’s fate. Together with him, she used to repair everything from passenger cars to trucks. Until he died, far too soon – from consequences of the extreme air pollution. It kills nine million people worldwide per year, one million of them just in India.
“This trip was an eye-opener for me, because I witnessed at close range what grave effects air pollution can directly have on people,” says Lucas di Grassi. “I understand that the challenges are much greater and, above all, more complex than we think. There’s not just a single cause and therefore no easy solution. That’s why the fight for clean air and the economic development of a country have to go hand in hand.” The key question for a country like India in this context is how economic growth can be achieved in sustainable, in other words in more environmentally compatible ways.
A SILVER LINING THANKS TO E-MOBILITY
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