Yesterday, at the World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS) in New Delhi, organized by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Bloomberg Philanthropies and Vital Strategies launched “Accelerating City Progress on Clean Air: Innovation and Action Guide,” a guide to fast-tracking proven approaches and innovations. The publication provides a step-by-step approach for city governments, outlining four critical priority areas for action: monitoring air quality; assessing emissions and sources; expanding data access and use; and engaging governments and partners to develop and implement action plans.
Here is what Dr. Sarath Guttikunda, a lead contributor to the guide, had to say:
“Unless India urgently adopts long-term strategies to address air pollution effectively, we are doomed to repeat the associated health crisis of this past season year after year. This guide identifies recent data and resources that each city can use to address their challenges, both shared and unique, and make rapid progress. Poor air quality shouldn’t drive us indoors, depriving us of a full life of opportunity, productivity and health. This is a solvable problem, and I urge cities to use this guide to commit to action today.”