Let Me Breathe, a community platform for sharing stories related to environment recently announced the winner of its Clean Air Punjab competition. This was the first of its kind competition focused on sharing stories related to air pollution and health in Punjab. More about the programme here. The team received more than 70 entries on … Continue reading Youth voices for clean air in Punjab
National Clean Air Programme: What’s in the words?
Comment period is currently open for the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP, see blog entry here), and Shahzad Gani conducted a text analytics assessment of the document to identify words and themes. Some interesting patterns emerged from this analysis. The words 'air' and 'pollution' were mentioned more than 100 times in the NCAP document. Here … Continue reading National Clean Air Programme: What’s in the words?
A personal narrative on air pollution
The following is an open letter from a mother of two who lives in the Delhi-NCR region. Her story is likely to resonate with many of you. My name is Dr. R. Sharma. I am a mother of two and a doctor by profession. In 2017, I noticed that my younger child was developing cough … Continue reading A personal narrative on air pollution
Air Pollution in Hinjawadi
Hinjawadi is a suburb located in Pune (Maharashtra), India, mainly known for the Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park. The 2800-acre IT park in Hinjawadi, houses hundreds of companies of different sizes. (Wikipedia) A poem on the current situation of air pollution in the area: धुआँ धुआँ जल रहा गांव मेरा, कफन से बांध दिया मुँह मेरा। घुट … Continue reading Air Pollution in Hinjawadi
LetMeBreathe (LMB)- #PollutionStories
Let Me Breathe (LMB) is a platform that provides space to document and tell stories of living and surviving air pollution in India. It started out as a hashtag used by Delhiites while uploading their videologs documenting their days of high pollution but over time has quickly developed into a pan India movement. LMB combines … Continue reading LetMeBreathe (LMB)- #PollutionStories
Visibility and Air Pollution
Have you ever visited a city, or a national park or a place of natural beauty and been disappointed by the thick layer of fog or haze or smog that meant you couldn't enjoy the view? There have been cases where road accidents have occurred due to thick smog, or disappointed tourists who visit Taj Mahal … Continue reading Visibility and Air Pollution
Poetry on Delhi Smog
In light of the air pollution episode in Delhi, the following poem has been circulating on social media: No one noticed When the sparrows left It was just another smoggy winter morning People drove their cars dropped their children off At air conditioned schools Where they learned Pollution is a bad thing It was just … Continue reading Poetry on Delhi Smog