Air pollution in India is a dangerous health issue. Of the most polluted cities in the world, 21 out of 30 were in India in 2019. As per a study based on 2016 data, at least 140 million people in India breathe air that is 10 times or more over the WHO safe limit and 13 of the world's 20 cities with the highest annual levels of air pollution are in India.
Especially during the current period of stubble burning in the Northern states, the air quality (which is already severe) worsens in Delhi and surrounding areas since the smoke particles travel toward these cities resulting in the worst air pollution ever. The government has started taking steps in the right direction like the odd-even rule and 50% reduction in households using solid fuel for cooking, we have a long road ahead of us to witness a pollution-free India.
On the occasion of World Environment Day 2019, along with the team from the Pollution Control Department of Greater Noida Authority, we educated the students of Father Agnel School about the Air Pollution and Air Quality Index. Members of our team presented a song on Environment and distributed plants like Moneyplant, Aloe Vera and Snake Plant. The team from Air Pollution Department explained the Air Quality Index spectrum and where India stands on it currently and the diseases caused by the harmful gases that we breathe in every day.
Lastly, our President addressed the current situation of India's air quality and urged the children to work towards cleaner alternatives to curb pollution.