Cleaner air for our cities and ourselves

Prakash Javadekar Urges People To Plant A Sapling On World Environment Day

India has repeatedly failed to address environmental concerns. This year, the theme is Air Pollution, a topic which has been in the limelight for quite some time now.

Not only the air, China, who is among the first to sign Paris Agreement on climate change, has vowed to pursue a green development pattern and fight against all kinds of pollution to build a "Beautiful China". As a result, six lac children die prematurely each year. Around four million deaths occur in Asia-Pacific.

David Boyd, UN special rapporteur on human rights and environment, also urged member states to beat air pollution to fulfil their human rights obligations.

"On World Environment Day, I ask each of us to act so we can breathe more easily".

Without air there can be no life. World Environment Day invites us all to consider how we can make changes in our daily lives to reduce air pollution.

There are two main types of air pollution - Household (indoor) air pollution and ambient air pollution (outdoor).

How does air pollution actually impact health?

Scientific studies have proven that with more trees in the city, the prevalence of childhood asthma tended to drop. When these primary pollutants are emitted into the atmosphere, they combine with other reactants and form secondary pollutants such as Ozone (at the ground level), Acid Rain etc.

After Greta Thunberg started boycotting school in favour of standing outside the Swedish Parliament to hand out flyers, reminding politicians that they pledged to reduce carbon emissions as per the Paris Climate Accord, thousands of students around the world participated in "Fridays for the Future", culminating in a global strike on March 15th, 2019. The health risks associated with particulate matter smaller than 10 and 2.5 microns in diameter (PM10 and PM2.5) are of particular public health relevance. PM2.5 particles are so tiny that 60 of them make up the width of a human hair. The burden stems from respiratory diseases, heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, diabetes, as well as communicable diseases like pneumonia. "The OECD has estimated the cost of pollution to be US$330 per head per year for the entire world".

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The report said that the pollution caused by solid fuels is higher than the pollution caused by transportation.

Nearly everybody is exposed to air pollution.

That billions of people today are breathing dirty and deadly air constitutes a global environmental crisis. Moreover, parents should encourage their children to implement the same and lead by example.

Use public transport or auto sharing, cycle or walk. Speed up into high gear gradually and smoothly. The very worst air quality is found in homes where solid fuels are used for cooking. A vehicle that emanates much smoke should have its problem fixed immediately to prevent contamination of the air.

Save energy: turn off lights and electronics when not in use.

Reduce your consumption of meat and dairy to help cut methane emissions.

The report found gas-based power plants are running at 24 per cent of their capacity, and hydropower projects are running at just 19 per cent.

Air pollution has no boundaries.

Traffic has contributed greatly to air pollution in the country compared to industrial pollution.

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