On Children’s Day Shut Schools Due To Worsening Air Pollution; Social Media ReactsThe schools in National Capital Region to remain shut on November 14 and 15 due to worsening air quality index

New Delhi: As India celebrates Children’s Day, schools in Delhi and other parts of National Capital Region remain shut, due to the ‘severe’ air pollution in these regions. While Delhi is currently witnessing an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 460, in Noida, Ghaziabad and Gurgaon, the AQI stands at 484, 486 and 420 respectively. According to the Central Pollution Control Board guidelines, an AQI between 0 and 50 is considered ‘good’, 51 and 100 ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’, and 401 and 500 ‘severe’. Children living in Delhi and North India are particularly the most vulnerable group facing the impact of the air pollution crisis on their health, as a new report published in Lancet Journal titled, ‘The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change’ points out,

As temperatures rise in a changing climate scenario, children born in India will be particularly vulnerable to a greater health burden of malnutrition, air pollution and deadly heatwaves.

Residents of NCR can’t help but express their frustration over the public health emergency and health risks being posed by the pathetic air quality, which seems to have become an annual issue for North India. A user, among many others, simply pointed out the irony of schools remaining shut on Children’s Day on Twitter,

 

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What kind of footprints are we leaving for our future generations? questioned a user.

What a way to celebrate Children’s Day! Schools being asked to shut down due to air pollution, said another user as she urged everyone to plant trees.

Also Read: Air Pollution Crisis: Does India Have Enough Air Quality Monitoring Stations?

 

Air is a basic right, this post asserted as the user compared the pollution images from Delhi with the Chernobyl disaster images.

Delhi, is it really a Happy Children’s Day? asks another one.

In near Future, Oxygen Cylinders might replace books in school bag, predicts this post.

What is more shameful than this that all schools in our capital city are closed on #ChildrensDay due to #Pollution, points out an IFS officer.

Also Read: In Delhi, 27 Deaths Per Day Caused Due To Respiratory Diseases, Aggravated By Air Pollution In 2017: Report

I remember this was the day I looked forward to as a child.

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