Even the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world, is not immune to the horrific and damaging effects of plastic pollution. People with breathing or heart problems are encouraged to stay away from the location, or at least minimize strenuous activity around the area. Constructed during the years of 1632-48 AD by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, the Taj Mahal is considered the greatest and most known structure in all of India. As wonderful of an architectural achievement as it is, the current environmental conditions in the area greatly diminish its beauty and glory.
As discouraging as the environmental conditions are around the historic monument, India (as of June 3rd, 2018) is taking steps to reverse the damage and remove plastic pollutants. India’s Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Mahesh Sharma, has pledged to fight plastic pollution not only at the site of the Taj Mahal, but also at the site of 100 additional monuments in India. Mr. Sharma has promised to work on making the historical site litter free up to 500 meters; he has also pledged to separate plastic waste from other litter to promote recycling. The pledge includes a promise to promote awareness of the damaging effects of single-use plastics for both citizens and tourists alike. It is now clear that, despite previous environmental failures, India is indeed committed to drastically reducing plastic waste and promoting global awareness of the dangers of plastic.