Pollution is responsible for millions of deaths across the world. Therefore, it is known as a silent killer, which may cause a lot of health problems, such as cancer and respiratory issues. According to statistics, it is the most common killer of children in third world countries. In these countries, children suffer from diarrhea, malaria, and pneumonia, which leads to their death. In this article, we are going to shed some light on the importance of clean air for our future generations. Read on to find out more.
Nowadays, more than 300 million kids live in urban centers where the air pollution level is extremely high. Apart from this, around two billion kids live in areas where the pollution level is higher than the maximum limit suggested by the World Health Organisation.
These are some of the global figures. However, we can assume that 70% of the children in developing countries are exposed to poor air quality on a daily basis, especially in the cities. If you think that air pollution is only responsible for respiratory diseases in kids, you need to think again.
According to doctors, pollution is responsible for a lot of deadly diseases, such as cancer. As a matter of fact, it can have a negative impact on the brain development of your kids as well. One of the most dangerous particles in the polluted air is known as PM 2.5. According to experts, this pollutant may cause brain damage in children.
Unfortunately, the situation seems to be getting worse. Today, most Asian countries have been dealing with the worst type of air pollution. Over the past few years, the pollution level in India has been so bad that schools have been closed. Besides, doctors have been advising parents to move to rural areas with their kids.
Apart from this, a lot of residents have a habit to wear a face mask to protect themselves against smoke and other types of air pollutants. Due to the long-term effect of pollution on human health, governments are struggling to deal with this issue.
First of all, they should set aside more budget for evidence generation. In other words, they should generate and collect more data on the health status of people and the level of air quality. And these facts and figures should be shared with the public through the media.
Governments in developing countries should also come up with policies in order to reduce air pollution. For example, governments should have strict policies to make sure the pollution level in all of the cities and states does not exceed the maximum limit. Besides, heavy fines should be charged for violating pollution-related laws.
Long story short, these are some of the steps that can be taken to clean the air for our future generation.
Long story short, you can see that it’s our responsibility to leave a pollution-free environment for our future generations. So, we all should play our role to curb environmental pollution and allow others to breathe fresh air.