Youth can play an important role in making the public and the government aware of the harmful effects of air pollution.

Currently, air pollution is one of the major health and environmental problems in the world. About 7 million people die worldwide every year due to air pollution and daily losses amount to about 8 billion US dollars which is equivalent to 3 to 4 percent of Bangladesh’s GDP. Air pollution is currently a cause of concern for Bangladesh as well, the Global Air Quality Monitoring Organization’s 2022 “Air Visual Annual Report” ranked Bangladesh as the number one country with the most polluted air in the world. Youth can play an important role in preventing air pollution.

On Tuesday (March 12, 2024) at 11 am, a discussion meeting was held with teachers and students at the conference hall of the National Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine (NIPSM). The event was jointly organized by the Center for Law and Policy Affairs (CLPA), Open Sesame, Japan Fund for Global Environment (JFGE) and National Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine (NIPSM).

At the meeting, speakers highlighted that auditing could spotlight air pollution at construction sites, prompting government action. Subsequently, reports could be directed to relevant authorities. Utilizing suction trucks to remove dust from roads was suggested as a measure to mitigate air pollution. Additionally, concerted efforts are necessary to halt illegal brick kilns. With air pollution escalating in Bangladesh, the youth have a crucial role in recognizing and addressing these environmental challenges.

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