By OUR STAFF REPORTER
Dehradun, 5 Jun: Society for Health, Education & Women Empowerment Awareness (SHEWA) celebrated World Environment Day on Wednesday at village Chaura with a plantation drive.
This is one of the first steps towards many upcoming environment-friendly and sustainable activities that SHEWA Society will take up in the coming days. The idea behind the event was to create awareness among the community as a whole to be involved in keeping the entire area clean and green. This year, the theme is ‘Air Pollution’, Approximately 7 million people worldwide die prematurely each year from air pollution, with about 4 million of these deaths occurring in Asia-Pacific. World Environment Day 2019 requires governments, industry, communities, and individuals to come together to explore renewable energy and green technologies, and improve air quality in cities and regions across the world.
SHEWA focused on waste reduction and forest conservation, the primary concerns plaguing the region. Dr Sujata Sanjay reminded, “As much as 92 per cent of people worldwide do not breathe clean air. Air pollution costs the global economy $5 trillion every year in welfare costs. Ground-level ozone pollution is expected to reduce staple crop yields by 26 per cent by 2030.”
According to new WHO figures, 16 of the world’s 30 most polluted cities are in India. Further, levels are growing of ultra-fine particles of less than 2.5 microns, which can penetrate deep into the lungs and can cause serious health problems for people who live in India’s cities. She emphasised on adopting all possible steps to conserve natural resources for future generations and urged all possible steps to keep the earth clean, beautiful and pollution free.
“Air pollution increases the risk of stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, and severe respiratory diseases. For a city-dweller, it is difficult to battle against outdoor air pollution, but it is possible to create safer indoor air zones simply by installing air purifiers, at home and in the workplace, so that people can at least breathe clean air and feel healthy. We must never forget that the natural environment is a collective good, the patrimony of all humanity and the responsibility of everyone. People have to save a lot of resources for the future of the Young Generations as it is noted that much of the resources today are getting finished quickly for fulfilling a lot of dreams of the people,” added Dr Sujata Sanjay.
Pratik, Secretary, SHEWA, pointed out, “There is the need to consider the specific nature and dynamics of environmental deterioration and the underlying forces. These forces are complex and often interrelated: the serious gap between demand and capacity for urban management, the lack of properly-priced urban services, excessive regulatory control of land market, a lack of environmental planning, management and environmental awareness, and conflict between social and private interests. Rather than concentrating on the technical side of environmental improvements alone, there is also the need to look at the human side of the environmental dilemma. Every individual has a responsibility to contribute to protect the environment and reduce the rate of depletion of natural resources.”