new delhi & agra, india: infrastructure
One of the most eye-opening things to me while I travel, moving from place to place so quickly, is noticing the infrastructure or lack there of that exists in a certain place. For awhile, it was something more on auto-pilot, however, given the differences in the places I've been, I definitely notice when something is missing or added that wasn't there before (especially when something is not working). For instance, in Japan the metro line was unbelievably clean and organized, whereas, in China where I am writing this from now, that is not so much the case. I have become so much more aware of how efficiently or inefficiently things are done given the vast exposure to variety in different countries.
Two events stuck out for me in India.
One in New Delhi. Ali and I were going to dinner 2 miles away from our hotel in our uber. It took us an hour and a half to get there because of traffic! It was so sad as an ambulance was trying to get through but there was nothing anyone could do to move. I thought of family members of mine and what devastation could've occurred if they could not have gotten the health help they needed in time. I also thought of the extreme benefits of safe public transportation (less delays, less carbon emissions, etc).
Secondly, in Agra, you see the beauty of the Taj Mahal via photos, however, you do not see the surrounding area. Ali and I went to see "sunset" upon arrival, however, when we got there, we saw the whole sky covered in smog- a result from the previous chemical plants in the area. The air is full, polluted, greatly impacting the surrounding community, especially that in poverty.
Again, Ali and I got into deep discussions about climate change and how it is greatly linked to societal issues and how necessary it is to protect our environment before anything else.
I have so much more to learn when it comes to the complexities of infrastructure. Of course, a lot of factors play a role: country history, government, financial climate, feasibility, etc., however, there are so many underlying causes and consequences from the infrastructure. The convenience, advancement and ease of a good system generally provides for greater health and well-being of both people and planet. More happiness. More opportunity. More global-connectedness. The list goes on and on.
Through conversation, experience, observation and reading I am interested and excited to learn more about this key part of society. Work like the UN Global Goals to generate improvements such as these, gives me great hope for the future!