Meet Aditya Dubey is Environmental Activist, based in Delhi, India. He was the one advocating #Satyagraha outside Rahul Gandhi’s residence to seek his attention for his intervention to stop stubble burning immediately. In October, Stubble fires around Punjab & Haryana hit 4,000. Delhi was ranked as the top worst air polluted city in the world. With ever increasing pollution, environment & climate activists are trying their best to spread awareness through protests & more regarding climate change.
In August 2020, Dubey had filed a petition to the Supreme Court of India, requesting the apex court to help farmers with free stubble-removing machines that could result in reduction of crop burning, a major cause of air pollution in & around Delhi. At the same time, he reached out to Chief Ministers of Delhi, Punjab & Haryana advocating against the fine or police actions for stubble burning.
Dubey’s plea was addressed by the Supreme Court & a one-member committee was formed by appointing Justice Madan B Lokur to monitor the situation. An authoritative ‘Commission For Management Of Air Quality in Delhi & Adjourning Areas, 2020’ was eventually announced to handle the air pollution problem in Delhi and nearby areas.
On December 4, An Enforcement Task Force was set up by the Central Government of India due to the petition submitted by Aditya Dubey. The ETF includes a total of 40 “flying squad” members that will take up various measures to bring down air pollution in Delhi, which has turned severe this month.
In 2019, 16-year old Aditya had approached the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to stop e-commerce giants Amazon & Flipkart from excessive plastic use in packaging, promoting the panel to direct the Central Pollution Control Board.
Dubey was also a part of the “No Car Sunday” initiative in Delhi, that helped reduce vehicular use for a day.
Aditya is the grandson of Dr. Justice J.N. Dubey, a judge and Late Saroj Dubey, an Indian politician. He suffered from poor health and problems with lungs due to air pollution in Delhi-NCR which motivated Meet Aditya Dubey to work for the environment.
In a bid to increase the tree cover he founded the ‘Plant A Million Trees’ initiative. In 4 years they added around 200,000 trees. He is the recipient of the Diana Award in 2021. During Covid-19 Pandemic he launched the Covid Hunger Helpline with his friends which provided food & rations to the needy during the lockdown.