And because almost half of New Delhi's population lives in slums, pollution is exposing over 22 million people to the worst air quality in the world. Not only must the vulnerable cope with poor air quality, but they must also contend with extreme heat. Uncomfortably hot days are becoming dangerously hot. Dangerously hot days are becoming deadly ones. And with so much pollution trapping heat above the city, Green Screen's mission to cool with waste simultaneously addresses both challenges.
27 million tons of agricultural waste are burned every year in India, which factors into why the air quality of the subcontinent is 59 times more polluted than an average day in Boston. Can this waste be turned into a product that cools marginalized communities?