Calls to Tackle Air Pollution After Millions of Deaths?!

( – Health campaigners and groups are looking for a change when it comes to air pollution, as studies show that millions die every year from it.

About seven million people die every single year from air pollution-related causes. However, there’s not been much recognition of the actual health effects that come from air pollution. Many activists are looking to get funding to help with air pollution, as there is a huge health impact on people. Christa Hasenkopf, the director of clean air programs at the Energy Policy Institute is hoping to get a budget together to help solve this issue. She compared air pollution health concerns with Aids, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.

Air pollution contributes to a list of health problems such as heart disease, pulmonary disease, cancer, and even pneumonia. Sunil Dahiya, who is a South Asian analyst at the center of research on Energy and Clean Air, spoke out saying, “It’s a slow poison; you slowly move towards death and, because of the slow nature of this pandemic, we globally have not been able to respond to it the way we should.”

According to the Clean Air Fund, less than 1% of the “international development finance and philanthropic funding” goes to air pollution.

Sean Maguire, the director of strategic partners at the Clear Air Fund, said, “Nobody is saying stop funding work on malaria and tuberculosis and fund work on air pollution instead, but what we are saying is that if you address air pollution, you’re going to reduce multiple non-communicable diseases.”

Many have suggested different ideas and perspectives to look into when looking at how air pollution can be combated, however, some people are still not on board. This includes Peter Baker, a deputy director at the Center for Global Development, who said “that it would be hard for a single global fund to manage.”

The group pushes forward with the hope that they will get the funding they need in order to tackle air pollution, which they refer to as a “silent killer.”

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