Los Angeles: Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who has always been vocal about environmental issues, has now spoken about the Delhi air pollution crisis which has affected millions of citizens. The actor also backed the efforts of several groups who are constantly working to highlight the hazardous effects of severe air pollution in India, especially the national capital.

In an Instagram post, the 45-year-old Oscar winner, shared pictures from a protest organised earlier this month at India Gate, to demand government action against the declining air quality in the city.

Originally posted by the Instagram account Extinction Rebellion, DiCaprio reshared the news, saying, “ Over 1500 citizens gathered in at India Gate, in New Delhi, to demand immediate action on the cities hazardous pollution levels. According to the World Health Organisation, air pollution in India is estimated to kill about 1.5 million people every year; these statistics make air pollution the fifth-largest killer in India.”

View this post on Instagram

#Regram #RG @extinctionrebellion: Over 1500 citizens gathered in at India Gate, in New Dehli, to demand immediate action on the cities hazardous pollution levels.⁣ ⁣ According to the World Health Organisation, air pollution in India is estimated to kill about 1.5 million people every year; these statistics make air pollution the fifth-largest killer in India. ⁣ ⁣ People of all ages joined the demonstration, which succeeded to directly trigger action for Indian citizens:⁣ 1. The Indian Prime Ministers office set up a special panel to address the issue, within a few hours of the protest. The panel is due to report on the issue within 2 weeks.⁣ 2. The Supreme Court of India asked the Central Government and respective state governments to fix the crop and waste burning issue of Dehli within a week. ⁣ 3. The Center accepted that Green Fund will be used to combat toxic air pollution. ⁣ 4. The Indian Prime Minister asked the Agriculture Ministry to distribute equipment urgently so that crop burning is no longer necessary. ⁣ ⁣ Despite these promises, the air is still unsafe and activists will keep the pressure on until the air pollution reaches safe levels. ⁣ ⁣ The protest was organised by a collaboration of movements; @xrebellionind @LetMeBreathe_In @FridaysForFutureIndia_ along with other activists. ⁣ ⁣ Photography by Arjun Mahatta and co, via @FridaysForFuture ⁣ ⁣ #RightToBreathe #ExtinctionRebellion #IndiaGate #SolutionNotPollution #ActNow #RebelForLife

A post shared by Leonardo DiCaprio (@leonardodicaprio) on

Further, DiCaprio listed four points on the steps the government is taking to prevent air pollution.

DiCaprio has often raised his voice when it comes to environmental issues in India. In September, the actor took to social media to raise awareness for ‘Cauvery Calling’. Earlier in June, DiCaprio had spoken about the ongoing water crisis in Chennai in an Instagram post.

View this post on Instagram

#Regram #RG @bbcnews: "Only rain can save Chennai from this situation." A well completely empty, and a city without water. The southern Indian city of Chennai is in crisis, after the four main water reservoirs ran completely dry. The acute water shortage has forced the city to scramble for urgent solutions and residents have to stand in line for hours to get water from government tanks. As the water levels depleted, hotels and restaurants started to shut down temporarily, and the air con was turned off in the city's metro. Officials in the city continue to try and find alternative sources of water – but the community continue to pray for rain. Tap the link in our bio to read more about Chennai's water crisis. (📸 Getty Images) #chennai #watercrisis #india #bbcnews

A post shared by Leonardo DiCaprio (@leonardodicaprio) on

 

The actor had also visited India in 2015 for filming his documentary film titled Beyond the Flood.

When DiCaprio won his first Oscar for the movie The Revenant, the most noticeable part in his acceptance speech was his passion for the cause of climate change as he called upon everyone to take action about it. DiCaprio also runs the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) which raises awareness about environmental issues.