New Delhi: Children and youth champions joined the conversations at COP26 by creating a video highlighting the land realities of air pollution across India. The video shows the impact of air pollution on health and well-being.
Given the ongoing pandemic and the growing impact of climate change, the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 was crucial as world leaders deliberated on climate action to forge consensus on mitigation strategies of climate change. At the conference, India pledged to achieve carbon neutrality by 2070. While the pledge is to work towards the long term goal, India faces the immediate air pollution crisis . The country’s major cities are struggling with poor air quality.
The video features children from various parts of the country explaining the impact of air pollution on health. The children say the problem has its roots in increased road traffic, the burning of garbage and the exploitation of quarries. Children advocate banning garbage burning, reducing the number of cars on the roads, planting trees, and empowering businesses to limit emissions.
Sudhanshu Tiwari says, “Young and old alike also suffer from air pollution. Fever, cough occur more frequently. Naitik adds, “The air is so polluted that it causes burns in the eyes and irritation of the throat. People suffer from shortness of breath and shortness of breath.
The young climate champions received the support of boxer and Olympic medalist Lovlina Borgohain. In the Let me breathe video, she is seen asking everyone to speak out against air pollution as Hawa ke Rakshaks and maintain commitment to the 1.5 ° C climate target. The Hawa Ke Rakshak initiative received support from Neelam Makhijani, Country Director, ChildFund India, Dr Manoj Goel, Director, Respirology, Fortis Healthcare and Saurabh, Fotokatha, Wildlife Photographer, among others.
As the world faces rapid climate change, we must take action to tackle air pollution. Reducing air pollution can save 13 lives every minute in India, according to data from the World Health Organization. People Powered Digital Narratives supported young climate champions to highlight air pollution and support the call for clean air.
Children’s call for clean air during COP26
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