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Beyond the smog: Proactive policy moves to address Mumbai's air quality concerns

Updated on: 12 July,2024 06:55 PM IST  |  Mumbai
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By fostering youth engagement and mainstreaming climate initiatives, a culture of change can be induced that transforms Mumbai into a cleaner, more sustainable city

Beyond the smog: Proactive policy moves to address Mumbai's air quality concerns

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In the face of Mumbai's deteriorating Air Quality Index, it is imperative that we acknowledge the urgency of the situation. Poor air quality poses a significant threat to the health and well-being of our citizens but also undermines the city's overall sustainability. To tackle this problem effectively, there are no short-term solutions, we need a comprehensive approach that addresses various aspects of urban life.


The primary cause of declining air quality is closely tied to climate change and rise of carbon emissions. To mitigate this, a critical long-term solution is to initiate education and awareness campaigns at the grassroots level. Climate change education is crucial, as studies indicate that providing climate education to 16 percent of high school students could lead to a substantial reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050. This is a significant step, especially given India's demographic dividend, which demands the active involvement of the younger generation in climate action.



In line with this goal, organisations like 1M1B are working towards making climate education and green skilling an integral part of the mainstream curriculum. This approach goes beyond mere volunteering and aims to instill a mindset of sustainability in the next generation.


“We have already established partnerships, with the United Nations Department of Global Communications, with the commitment to engage a million young people in climate action. Our efforts encompass a wide range of initiatives, including addressing water quality, pollution control, ocean conservation, plastic waste reduction, and promoting sustainable fashion,” shares Manav Subodh, the founder of 1M1B (One Million for One Billion)

Recognising the significance of small businesses in the urban landscape, 1M1B has set a target to involve 1,000 small businesses in climate change initiatives. By connecting young individuals with these businesses as green interns, the aim is to facilitate the adoption of energy-saving technologies and practices, particularly among smaller enterprises.

In addition to this, they support entrepreneurial students in launching sustainable businesses that contribute to solving environmental challenges. For instance, projects like 3D printing of coral reefs for ocean restoration, lake conservation efforts, plastic waste reduction schemes, and sustainable fashion awareness campaigns. These projects strategically align with creating a circular economy, emphasising resource sustainability and waste reduction.

Moreover, nurturing and empowering local role models among young individuals can lead to a positive impact at the grassroots level. These emerging leaders are not only raising awareness but also acting on a global stage, including platforms like the United Nations. This year 45 top young innovators from India will be showcasing their work at the 1M1B Youth summit at the UN Headquarters in New York.

Ultimately, the overarching objective is to make climate action and sustainability a central focus in addressing the issue of air quality comprehensively. By fostering youth engagement and mainstreaming climate initiatives, a culture of change can be induced that transforms Mumbai into a cleaner, more sustainable city.

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