Air pollution is an urgent public health crisis and environmental concern. It can cause 6-9 million premature deaths by 2060 with India and China facing the maximum number of threats to mortality, according to a report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

According to the World Health Organisation, 13 of the 20 most polluted cities in the world are Indian. The ranking was based on the concentration of particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10), which is also the cause of most of the respiratory diseases and other major health risks such as cancer, asthma, heart stroke, diabetes, obesity, and symptoms linked to dementia. The effects are insidious and are rapidly increasing the number of potentially life-shortening health problems.

Categorised as the fifth largest killer, air pollution has seen a substantial increase due to increased vehicular congestion, growing use of diesel generators, industrial emissions, usage of obsolete cooking practices and brick kilns.

As a solution-driven group, CEED has been campaigning to spread awareness and urging people to take action to reduce India’s alarming pollution levels in Bihar and Delhi. It is not possible to reduce the pollution levels in isolation. Such a feat is only possible when the people, government and civil society come together on the same platform and work towards achieving set targets. We intend to be this platform and create awareness across varied stakeholders through our programs.