Clean air is rather difficult to come by these days, and this has effects the health of all of us.The only true purifier is nature, and air around areas with a lot of fresh plants and trees is much more pure.
Smog hanging over cities is the most familiar and obvious form of air pollution. But there are different kinds of pollution—some visible, some invisible—that contribute to global warming. Generally any substance that people introduce into the atmosphere that has damaging effects on living things and the environment is considered air pollution
CLEAN-India monitors Air Quality
Under the CLEAN-India programme, students learn about air pollution, it’s sources, types and impacts through discussions, slide shows and activities . Air quality monitoring is conducted with the help of Pawan-TARA an air testing kit. An analysis ofthe amount of Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter (RSPM),Sulphur Dioxide (So2) and Nitrogen Oxides (Nox) present is done.
The air quality monitoring process begins by providing hands-on training on using the Pawan TARA kit.
How Is Air Quality Monitored?
The air quality monitoring is a one day activity where four to eight hours are required for sampling the air. Schools begin with monitoring the air at the school premises and then move on to other critical sites in their zone like traffic junctions, market places or industrial areas. At sites outside the school, students also engage in other activities like surveying people directly exposed to air pollution like the traffic police and noting down numbers of polluting vehicles and further informing to the pollution control cell. Distributing material on introducing simple ways to reduce air pollution or conducting a street play to increase public awareness are also carried out enthusiastically.
Clean Air, Nowhere: Our Findings
DELHI: Air was found to be of poor quality at all the traffic junctions and market places monitored. Air samples even from school premises have presence of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and suspended particulate matter much above permissible limits.The school buses and the number of cars and scooters used by children for commuting to school could be the reason behind this!
The results of monitoring are published in leading newspapers and also announced in the school assembly. Schools have also taken up the initiative of car-pooling.
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Monitoring Air Quality during Diwali Festival
Come Diwali, the festival of lights, and there are a score of crackers blowing up in the air. It obviously effects human health but also impacts trees and plants that are covered with thick layer of Sulphur dust and suspended particulate matter. This blocks the stomata (pores on leaves), obstructing the photosynthesis process. In simpler words trees are prevented from releasing oxygen and moisture into the air. While bursting crackers, have you ever thought that what harm is done to the birds nests?
CLEAN-India has been monitoring the quality of air during Diwali and comparing the difference in the quality of air during their normal process of monitoring. With the help of Pawan-TARA kit they monitor the quality of air a day before, during and after Diwali. Believe it or not there is an alarming difference in the air quality especially the day after Diwali. To create awareness, CLEAN-India members have been campaigning against crackers, employing creative methods like street plays, rallies etc. and have effectively spread the message to children and adults.