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.
- Interfaith Awakening To Fight Air Pollution in India
Spiritual awakening and religions play a very influential role in the personal lives of people. To bring about a change, we must be spiritually awakened and practice a good deed for the wellbeing of people and society. The diverse culture and interfaith beliefs are deep rooted and remain the integrated strength of India. Our personal conducts and good habits determine the wellbeing of societies and communities. Therefore, we are privileged to bring the respected spiritual leaders in this session together to inspire people and give a strong and positive spiritual message to the people of India. It will create a sizable impact among billions of believers of faith and religion in the country to be thoughtful towards the environment, follow a sustainable path and contribute to fighting Air Pollution in India.
- 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
- Air Pollution and Lung Health
Concern for air pollution and its health implications continue to be a worldwide problem today. Air pollution is the leading cause of many respiratory diseases, lung infection, Asthma, and many more life-threatening diseases. Breathing in air pollutants can irritate your airways and may cause shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, asthma episodes, and chest pain. Exposure to air pollution puts you at risk for lung cancer, heart attacks, stroke, and in extreme cases, premature death. The session focuses on precautions, preventive measures, early diagnosis, and treatment of various lung diseases and will discuss the hazardous impact of air pollution on the lungs.
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.