Air pollution in Delhi has reached a catastrophic levels. The air quality in Delhi is four times more toxic than the safety limit prescribed by the World Health Organisation. It is estimated that about 10,000 to 30,000 deaths per year occur in Delhi alone due to air pollution, making it the fifth leading cause of death in India.
Along with our partners, Help Delhi Breathe, we are urging the government to move towards efficient energy practices. In the first lap of the campaign, CEED pushed the government to draft and approve the solar rooftop policy that had been in the pipeline for years. This first milestone was achieved in June 2016 when the Delhi Government approved the same.
The second lap of the campaign stressed on the importance of public awareness and right to information. Our demands include asking the government to install pollution monitoring devices across the city and drafting a health advisory for the severely polluted days in order to warn its citizens. It elaborated the importance of the public to be aware of the pollution levels in their city in order to take precautionary and preventive measures. The campaign worked with auto rickshaw drivers and school students that came together to support the cause of air pollution.The #HelpDelhiBreathe campaign also incorporated thousands of citizens across the city through workshops, street play performances and video screenings in schools.
More than 70,000 citizens across the city joined our campaign for clean and healthy air. In August 2016, CEED and Help Delhi Breathe along with student representatives from schools of Delhi met with the Health Minister, Satyendra Jain to share the demand of these 70,000 citizens for a health advisory in the city.