Climate change is happening and it is happening now! If we don’t act in the present we will soon have to live with unfortunate and adverse health conditions.
With Delhi being in the news for all the smoky reasons, we are facing a national health emergency. The cities being covered in a thick blanket of smog has once again pointed out the alarming spike in the air pollution levels.
Air pollution both in its visible and invisible form has a serious effect on global warming. Any substance that has damaging effects on living things after being introduced into the atmosphere is considered air pollution.
Carbon dioxide is considered as a major pollutant when associated with cars, planes, power plants, and other human activities that involve burning of fossil fuels such as gasoline and natural gas. The excessive growth of these man-made activities has risen the CO2 levels higher than what they have been in the last 100 years. Other greenhouse gases like methane and sulfur dioxide have also added to the breathable misery.
Do you wish to know what it is like to live in the most polluted city?
No, we are not talking Beijing, China but the capital city of our country, Delhi. As per the global study of air pollution by WHO in 2014, Delhi air has been reported to contain more fine particulate pollutants than Beijing’s air. The Yamuna river, which is known to be the reason for Delhi & existence has now gone dead due to the chemical waste religiously dumped by the industries.
The increasing urbanization coupled with escalating density of vehicles on road has significantly contributed to the havoc we seem to be facing now.
It would be futile to debate on who is to blame for the ever-worsening condition but the after effects of pollution have been tough for people living in the city.
Along with substantial investment in infrastructure & waste treatment plants there needs to be an inclusive approach undertaken to combat the problem.
Air-Pollutions To-Dos for the moment
1. Protect your lungs 2. Wear the right air pollution mask 3. Drink enough water to oxygenate your body 4. Cut down on outdoor activities 5. Avoid contact with compounds that contain VOCs (like paint)
See your doctor if
1. Have trouble breathing 2. Had a runny nose for more than a week 3. Cough persists for more than two weeks
If we are looking to live a happy present and a healthy future, we need to look for sustainable health solutions that reduce the risk of air pollution, an issue which has become one of the major public health problems especially in the northern regions of India.