Every breath we take is killing us: environmentalists seek the intervention of Prime Minister Modi as the air quality deteriorates

NEW DELHI: A group of environmentalists wrote to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urging him to take immediate measures to solve the problem of pollution in the country, especially in Delhi, where the air quality was the worst in three years.

We, the people of India, ask you to take the lead to solve the serious problem and its impact on health throughout the country, especially in the indogangetic plain and more specifically in Delhi, which is suffocating under a thick and lethal , the letter read.

Our doctors have told us that we are in a state of national health emergency. There is no time for reactive measures, he said. We sincerely ask you to save our children, our elders, our most vulnerable who suffer the worst effects of pollution.

Environmentalists include Jyoti Pande of Care for Air, Ravina Raj Kohli of My Right To Breathe, Atul Goyal of United Residents Joint Action and Brikesh Singh of Clean Air Collective.

They regretted that, instead of solving the problem, all political parties remain determined to fix the guilt while the Indians continue to die due to the terrible air.

Every breath we take is killing and our loved ones faster, however, we can't do anything about it makes us feel helpless, sad and angry, environmentalists said.

Pollution levels in the National Capital Region skyrocketed again on Sunday morning, with air quality bordering the 'most severe' category in several places. The air quality index (AQI) in Delhi stood at 494 at 4 pm, the highest since November 6, 2016, when it was 497.

His government is in power in most of the northern states of India and can improve the application of existing laws that will prevent open burning of all types that are currently contributing the most to poor air quality, especially through the malignant particles that cause irreversible damage to our bodies, environmentalists said.

They noted that according to AIIMS, emergency admissions due to pollution have increased by 15-20 percent in Delhi.

For the most part, people suffer from thoracic and respiratory diseases. But these are not the only risks we face. Cardiovascular risks, heart attacks, strokes and other diseases also increase at times of episodic spikes like the ones we are seeing now, the letter said. .

This air pollution problem affects all Indians, rich or poor, of all castes, religions, creeds and across all state borders, he said. No one, apart from the Prime Minister of our country, can take the initiative to solve this problem.