We looked up to see each others faces with confusion – it must be a joke, right?
Our flight had been cancelled.
It was only a short ride (about 3 hours) from New Delhi to Goa, but the decision was set. The reason? “Weather.”
Low visibility brought on by the heavy fog that filled Delhi’s gray sky.
We noticed it when we first arrived and we were taken by surprise. It not only filled the sky, but it penetrated hallways of our hotels and noticeably itched our lungs.
Nay. This was smog. Pollution.
A man-made environmental dilemma.
Grave enough to be affecting health, water, living conditions, I’m sure.
Impacting flight patterns for local travel or tourism was the least of the problem, as we soon found out.
Could it have been corporate greed and capitalist malice with blatant disregard for the environment? Perhaps the massive influx of India’s urban population? An industrialized chaos of cars, motor bikes and rickshaws?
Many elements to blame unfortunately, but it is the current and coming generations who will pay the heavy price of our action and inaction.