We are often faced with problems on a daily basis in our life. On a larger basis in the society, we are come across social, economical and political issues that seem to be growing at a rapid pace.

With every developing country, comes its own set of issues. The latest one being the issue of global warming. The entire earth’s climate, geography is changing constantly leading to increase in natural calamities. One of the major reasons adding up to this issue would be pollution. Of course, different sources stand as contributors to pollution.

When we talk about pollution, India (lately) and China rank the highest in pollution. The situation sometimes gets so worse that the air becomes ‘unfit’ to breathe. With increase in vehicles and population, pollution control in these countries goes out of hand.

Different types of pollution are adding up to the menace. Air, water, noise and even radioactive pollution are the major contaminators.

India, particularly Delhi was in news for very high pollution levels causing a major throwback to the daily life. With winters setting in, this issue usually crops up. Smog – a common issue is noticeable in winters, where a thick blanket of fog plus smoke engulfs the city reducing even visibility levels. This is a highly unsafe causing a lot of respiratory problems such that could lead to chest pains and even damage the lungs. Lack of oxygen levels in the air also lead to cardiovascular issues which can prove to be fatal.

What are some of the ways we can do to curb this issue.

A holistic and collective effort from the government and general public will work effectively.

  • Ban burning of dry waste, particularly rice stubble. Delhi, surrounded by other rural areas are a major hub for agriculture and industrialization. When the smoke from these dry waste mixes with the fog it forms Smog that affects the city. Banning this should be strictly implemented by the government.
  • Taking into account the forecast for the coming days (weather), the government should take all possible measures well in advance. Control of vehicles and industries should be first on the list.
  • Dust monitoring and regular emission tests should be mandatory, especially during winters.
  • Solar powered heaters instead of burning wood on roads to beat the cold.
  • Vehicle fuel to be replaced with alternate fuels such as CNG or even electric vehicles.

Since, not just one change can reduce this issue, a collective effort of all these measures can make our Capital a better place to live in.