On World Environment Day, when the new Environment Minister, Prakash Javedakar, cycled to drive home the message, the US President, Donald Trump, accused India and China of not doing enough on climate change and said they 'do have not very good air, not very good water, and the sense of pollution and cleanliness'.
In one of his last interviews at the end of his UK state visit, Trump, who has blamed India and other countries for justifying America’s withdrawal from the Paris climate change deal in 2017, said he believes that 'there is a change in weather, and I think it changes both ways'.
He claimed that while the US had 'some of the cleanest air', it was other countries that were not doing enough to tackle pollution.'China, India, Russia, and many other nations,' he said, ' do have not very good air, not very good water, and the sense of pollution and cleanliness. If you go to certain cities — I’m not going to name them although I can, you can’t even breathe, and now that air is going up,' he told the ITV channel. Replaying his conversation with Prince Charles, an ardent campaigner on climate change, he admitted that the royal did most of the talking during their 90-minute discussion.
Asked if he believed in climate change, Trump said he believes it goes 'both ways'.“He [Charles] did most of the talking, and he was really into climate change and I think that’s great. I believe that there’s a change in weather and I think it changes both ways,” he said.
Javedakar said that air quality in Delhi-NCR had improved with the number of 'poor' air quality days coming down from 300 in 2014 to 206 in 2018.The situation 'is not as bad' as being portrayed. 'Media reports are always creating a picture that lakhs of people are dying of air pollution but it is not that bad. Yes, pollution is there but efforts are on,' he was quoted as saying.