Thursday, November 1, 2018

Do we have #MyRightToBreathe ?

Same Parali fires every year in Punjab & Haryana and the same severe to extreme pollution levels in Delhi every year. Nothing changes. Things remain the same as well as the issues of the Blame game. No one looks serious enough to check and control the #AirPollution in Delhi. The voices echoed are - Punjab has not done... Haryana has not done... Delhi has not done... and the worst sufferers are the residents of Delhi & NCR. Just go through the issues raised by WHO at its Geneva conference a day ago. 

Air pollution kills 7 million people each year.

Around the world, 9 out of 10 people breathe air that has been polluted by traffic emissions, industry, agriculture, and waste incineration.

About 3 billion people continue to use smoky, polluting stoves and fuels inside their homes for cooking and heating.

Our latest estimates are that up to one-third of deaths from heart attack, stroke, lung cancer, and chronic respiratory diseases are due to air pollution.

No one escapes, from the womb to the grave.

Some of our children will not reach their full potential because of exposure to air pollution in the womb and in early life; some of our parents will die early because of exposure to it throughout their lives.

Every day around 93% of the world’s children under the age of 15 years (1.8 billion children) breathe air that is so polluted it puts their health and development at serious risk. Tragically, many of them die: WHO estimates that in 2016, 600,000 children died from acute lower respiratory infections caused by polluted air.

And in many parts of the world, it’s getting worse.

Truly, in Delhi & NCR it's getting worse. The Pollution levels are so high in the city that most of the time PM 10, as well as the PM 2.5 levels, are much higher, i.e. many times over & above the prescribed limits and the local residents have to face all kinds of hardships.

Delhi remains the most polluted city in the world: WHO report

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