Delhi students present air quality solutions for the city

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You don’t notice how bad the air is until you see it for yourself

There was no shortage of innovation and creative thinking about air pollution issues among students from the three Delhi schools taking part in the “Train for Clean Air: Clean Air for Kids Project”.

At a presentation evening on 23 February, 90 students showcased their projects for an audience that included representatives from the Central Pollution Control Board, the Government of Delhi, UNESCO and the US Embassy, covering such activities as perception surveys on air pollution, health and the Pollution Under Control certification of vehicles, visits to air quality monitoring stations, and poster design.

The six-month project, jointly conducted by Clean Air Asia and the US Embassy in Delhi, involved the Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (Central Delhi), Sarvodaya Vidyalaya, Vasant Vihar (South Delhi) and Sarvodaya Vidyalaya, Mansarovar Garden (West Delhi) schools, with the aim of raising awareness among children about air pollution, its sources and impacts.

“We are now trying to inform as many people as possible, including our parents, about the impact of air pollution and just how bad the situation is,” said 14-year-old Virender Pal from Vasant Vihar.

He said students from his school had pledged not to burn crackers this year.

“You don’t notice how bad the air is until you see it for yourself.”

The event also marked the launch of the “Train for Clean Air: Clean Air for Kids Toolkit”, developed by Clean Air Asia to more widely disseminate air quality education in schools throughout India and engage more students in improving air quality within their schools and neighborhoods.

The presentations also enabled policymakers to hear children’s opinions on air pollution, which was particularly important as they are one of the groups most vulnerable to its health impacts, and gave students the chance to influence future policy.