Pushpam Kumar
Pushpam Kumar
Topic: Managing Pollution through economic tools
Pushpam Kumar is Senior Economic Advisor since January 2017. He has worked as the Chief, Ecosystem Services Economics Unit, during 2010-2015 and as Coordinator, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Bra...
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Posted on 17/02/2017 17:13:35
Dear sir - Air pollution has increased in metro cities and we come across many respiratory disease cases every day. What would you suggest for a common man to follow in their household/community to overcome air pollution?
Koorisatheesh (from India)
Dear Koorisatheesh,
Thanks for your very perceptive question . Air pollution is indeed a serious environmental problem which has direct implications for health and well being. The impact is more felt in developing countries like India where owing to urban population growth and rural urban migration , the cities and towns are inflicting costs to society. Both forms of air pollution outdoor (industrial production, construction vehicular pollution) and indoor air pollution (lack of access to clean source of energy, charcoal burning) is causing enormous health issues- well documented globally. While poverty especially the marginal poor (more than 896 million globally and of which sizeable portion lives in Indian cities) remains the fundamental cause, imbalances in growth and inequitable development further causes the pollution. Specifically in India, there is a need to change the behavioural and social pattern of energy use. More awareness on burning of crop residual in peri urban areas must be checked through individual and community response (you might recall the smoke in Delhi and Bangalore last year). Changing life style, consumption pattern and more receptive response to the general implication of individual action must be accounted and felt by everyone. State too has a role to play here through institutional, technical, economic and social response policies.