Sumaira Abdulali

Founder, AWAAZ Foundation

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Sumaira Abdulali is an environmentalist from Mumbai, India, and founder of the NGO Awaaz Foundation as well as a convenor of the Movement against Intimidation, Threat and Revenge against Activists (MITRA). She was co-chairman of the Conservation Subcommittee and honorary secretary of Asia’s oldest and largest environmental NGO, the Bombay Natural History Society, and was a Governing Council Member between 2008 and 2021. Through legal interventions, advocacy and public campaigns, contribution to documentary films, television debates, and press articles, she has built consciousness about previously unknown environmental hazards, notably noise pollution and sand mining, and has won national and international awards for her work.

The Unseen Polluter

Noise pollution is hidden and rarely measured, yet increasingly harmful to the environment. According to the World Health Organization, India…