World Environment Day - Pollution impact on children

I am sharing my post in Delhi circles of localcircles with this circle. This is one cause where both Central and State Government's have failed us and there is need for action and that too now. Read how pollution affects children

It’s a fact that children are more active and keeping them indoors is not easy. This lifestyle makes them gasp more air thereby, increasing their risk of falling sick due to inhaling contaminated air. The dangerous tiny particles also have the potential to enter the bloodstream and the lungs to cause acute lower respiratory infections, like pneumonia and influenza. As a result of this exposure, adverse respiratory health problems leading to several acute and chronic diseases can affect the children.

Risk of brain development and sometimes even brain damage is another danger for the young ones inhaling the impurities (especially heavy metal pollutants from fossil fuel combustion) from the air. This can result in slowing down the development of the young brain. These harmful gases can further reduce the growth of white matter, a crucial element that helps the different parts of the body communicate with the brain thus leading to learning difficulties.

Also, for children below one year of age, these pollutants can damage their nervous system and cognitive development. This can further affect their IQ adversely, including verbal and nonverbal IQ.

The presence of Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), a group of organic compounds commonly found in the environment due to the incomplete burning of oil, wood, garbage, or coal cause a major threat to human health and developmental delay in children. The infants at three years of age were more likely to be developmentally delayed and were more prone to psychological and behavioural problems later in childhood. This could be in the way of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, and depression.

Just like the external growth of a child is correspondent to his/her age i.e. the arms, legs, head, and height, everything takes its time; the internal unseen organs too develop with age. For example, lungs and alveoli, the tiny sacs within our lungs to move through the bloodstream take 18 years i.e. till the child becomes an adult to grow completely. Similarly, the immune and metabolic systems of a child also takes time to develop and protect the human body against harmful substances. When exposed to the polluted air, it can alter the immune system and thus, increase the chances of allergies and asthma in them.

Having said that, the effects of pollution is not only adverse for young children, but also for the ones in the womb. This, therefore, makes pregnant women vulnerable to its side-effects as well. These to-be-born children, when exposed to unclean air through their mothers, can result in adverse outcomes like premature birth and low birth weight, stillbirths, and even autism more  

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We need a huge arborial cover to purify our air , many times more trees than the number present, especially since for private automobiles that causes so much pollution running on diesel . No effort from automobile industry in weaning us away as for almost 2 decades this fuel has been given the benefit of subsidy. Success for automobile manufacturing insofar as people selectively favour purchase diesel powered vehicles has seen the environment with high emissions becoming the victim. Some positive news: 85% drop in carbon emissions this year during this year, thanks to work-from-home mode and reduced travelling. more  
Fully agree with Ms. Shivani Batra. Polution is killing us and we need to act on it. Simply blaming sate and Central govt. won't help. Look at what happened in Delhi with Kejrival came up with different ideas to reduce pollution. I am not AAP BHAKT, but felt sorry when people of Delhi created hurdles in his work. An elected govt should be allowed by people to work on their ideas and should cooperate with. sure more govt action and strict implementation by officials are required. Can we depend upon individual officers to be honest and dutyful in their actions? Any plan and program fails because WE do not perform our duty with honestly. This applies to all the field of our society. more  
good On Wed, Jun 5, 2019 at 10:51 AM Shivani Batra wrote: > more  
GARBAGE HAS TO SPLIT WET ( VEGETABLE ONLY )AND DRY AND DECOMPOSING OF WET GARBAGE AT THE COLLECTION POINT ITSELF , GOVT HAS TO PROVIDE GOVT PLACES AROUND ONE GROUND TO TWO GROUND TO DECOMPOSE IN THE LOCAL AREA ITSELF . IF GOVT PLACES ARE NOT AVAILABLE AND CAN TAKE PUBLIC PLACE WHICH ARE NOT USED (EMPTY LAND ) AND KEPT UNUSED FOR MORE THAN ONE YEAR,(WILL BE RETURNED BACK AS AND WHEN THEY REQUIRE ) WE JUST USE FOR DECOMPOSING IN A SCIENTIFIC MANNER. AND MANURE IS BEEN SOLD WHICH GIVES THEM LIVELY HOOD ALSO,AS START UP SCHOULD PROVIDE REQUIRED TECHNICAL SUPPORT ALSO TO THEM more  
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