In an attempt to throw light to the rising concern of air-pollution, Anti-Pollution Drive (APD) Foundation in association with St George’s Homeopathy (since 1945) has conducted ‘SHUDHA GAALI’, a new project to measure the air quality levels of Mangaluru city. The air samples from 12 locations around Mangaluru were collected over a two week period in the first and second week of December. St George’s Homeopathy is one Earth Enviro Labs, a Mangaluru-based laboratory, is gathering the data. This will help to understand air quality levels based on five different parameters in the study areas.
The technical report on the air quality levels in the city was submitted to Minister for Environment and Forests Minister B Ramanath Rai who is also Dakshina Kannada district-in-charge. The report contained results obtained from the study and the APD delegation urged the minister to initiate remedial measures to curb air pollution.
Six outdoor air pollutants were measured in the drive including particulate matter, inhalable particles with diameters that are generally 10 micrometres and smaller and fine inhalable particles, with diameters generally 2.5 micrometres and smaller. Once inhaled, these particles can affect the heart and lungs and cause serious health effects. The other pollutants found are nitrogen dioxide (NO2), sulphur dioxide (SO2) besides lead. As per the study, the pollutants have been found to exceed permissible limits in a few locations. Though the study found the overall air quality to be good in some locations in the city, there are indications that it could worsen in the long run.
Several city, state & national media covered the story highlighting the project we executed for Mangaluru city and its citizens. Business Standard, Financial Express, India Today, Times of India, The New Indian Express, Udayavani, Vijayavani, Prajavani, Samyukta Karnataka, Hosa Digantha, VijayKarnataka, Daijiworld, Mangalorean, Mangalore Today.com, CoastalDigest, NewsKarnataka are the few medias who extensively covered our study.
Moral of the Article:
Reports will be made, studies will be carried out, research will be conducted, medias will cover, people will make some noise, BUT the question remains, will we do something about it? Can we stand up to take a small step to safeguard the eco-system for our coming generation?