As the world confronts the pandemic and embarks on recovery, there is growing recognition that the recovery must be a pathway to a green and sustainable economy that produces jobs and prosperity, reduces emissions, and builds resilience.
Globally, household and ambient air pollution causes 7 million premature deaths each year, including more than 5 million caused by NCDs related to air pollution. Air pollution is the second leading cause of deaths from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) after tobacco smoking,
India being the second most-polluted country globally after Bangladesh shaves off 5.2 years from the life expectancy of the average Indian and it most acutely hits people living in the Indo-Gangetic plains. In fact, many prominent cities in India such as Lucknow, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai to name a few have the highest level of pollution in the country and people living in these cities stand to lose up to 8 to 10.3 years of life expectancy if pollution persists.
According to some online pollution monitoring tools, Air pollution in Delhi was linked to the loss of around 24,000 lives, Rs 26,230 crore, equivalent to 5.8 percent of its annual GDP in the first half of 2020, despite a strict COVID-19 lockdown since March 25.. It is also the highest economic cost of air pollution in terms of GDP across 28 major cities in the world.
Besides National Air Quality Monitoring Programme, National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), National Air Quality index (AQI), Forty-two Action Points, Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA), and Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), in 2019, the central government declared a “war on pollution” and announced the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) with the goal to reduce particulate pollution by 20-30 percent relative to 2017 levels by 2024.
The 2nd edition of mega Good Air Summit initiated by the Integrated Health & Wellbeing Council is privileged to bring the responsible government authorities & the key stakeholder to call for an action to tackle the frightening situation of pollution specifically particulate pollution in the country. The forum would discuss the sustainable solutions, advocacy and result oriented actions which can possibly ensure better quality of air and make the cities across India breathable and livable.
The summit will witness the various stakeholders, including policy makers, regulators, institutions, environmentalists, community leaders, inﬂuencers, and thought leaders from various industries and social sectors.
Highlight of the Agenda
- A sneak review on the Impact of Government Initiatives & Policies
As per the constitution mandate, India is committed to create a clean environment and pollution free air and water. India’s commitments and obligations to environmental conservation and protection within the ambit of the targeted goals on environmental sustainability under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is manifested in the fact that several administrative and regulatory measures, schemes, initiatives including a separate statute on air and water pollution are implemented or under implementation since long. The opening session would give an opportunity to understand the challenges these initiatives have face ad what is the way forward I achieving the goal before 2024.
- Climate Change effects on Health and Healthcare Infrastructure
Globally, household and ambient air pollution causes 7 million premature deaths each year, including more than 5 million caused by NCDs related to air pollution. Air pollution is the second leading cause of deaths from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) after tobacco smoking. Although air pollution affects people of all regions, ages, and social groups, it is likely to cause greater illness in those with heavy exposure and greater susceptibility. Persons are more vulnerable to air pollution if they have other illnesses or less social support. India being the second most-polluted country globally after Bangladesh shaves off 5.2 years from the life expectancy of the average Indian and it most acutely hits people living in the Indo-Gangetic plains. This panel discussion is designed to highlight the magnitude of the air pollution on environment to public health and challenges faced by healthcare sector in terms of existing infrastructure, medicines and new age products and technology to tackle such NCDs conditions in people.
- New Technology, Products, ITES, and Innovative Solutions
Despite the negative impact of technology on environment, a recent rise in global concern for climate change has led to the development of new environmental technology aiming to help solve some of the biggest environmental concerns that we face as a society through a shift towards a more sustainable, low-carbon economy. Environmental technology is also known as ‘green’ or ‘clean’ technology and refers to the development of new technologies which aim to conserve, monitor or reduce the negative impact of technology on the environment and the consumption of resources.
This session will offer a sneak peek into new age renewable energy technology. Modern & Smart IT AI driven Environmental Technology, Smart Automobile Fuel Solutions and Alternatives, Direct Air Capture (DAC) monitoring of Greenhouse gases and Air purification technology
- Role of Indian Citizen, Institutions, Communities & Corporate
People play a big role in controlling the hazardous impact of climate change in any community and society. The role of citizens in pollution control is to reduce the sources of pollution. The processes like the Reduce, Reuse and Recycle can be used to reduce the amount of wastes. There can be programs developed to create awareness against the pollution. How people can be made known about the evil consequences of pollution through effective communication strategies, awareness program and community support with the help of corporate and multiple business sectors. How education system can imbibe the good practices among the new generation to tackle the environmental menace on day to day basis.
IHW Council is a not for profit organization that works towards creating awareness and advocacy for a healthier world. Set up in response to a strong call to bridge the gaps in preventive healthcare and environmental protection, the Council advocate’s adherence to the highest standards accepted internationally in healthcare. With the core belief that health is a human right and not only the responsibility of the individual, the Council raises pressing concerns in the healthcare fraternity and engages policy makers, key government officials, academia, industry, health care experts and civil society.
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The 2nd edition of mega Good Air Summit initiated by the Integrated Health &Wellbeing Council is privileged to bring the responsible government authorities & the key stakeholder to call for an action to tackle the frightening situation of pollution specifically particulate pollution in the country. The forum would discuss the sustainable solutions, advocacy and result-oriented actions which can possibly ensure better quality of air and make the cities across India breathable and livable, and protect human health both during & after the pandemic.