There are only four Indian cities at present in the good air quality of which two cities are from Kerala. Eloor in Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram tops the list of most clean air cities. The other two cities are Kota of Rajasthan and Thane of Maharashtra.
The air quality is checked by the Air Quality Index(AQI). Anything below AQI from zero to 50 is good, 50-100 is satisfactory, 100-200 is moderate, 200-300 is poor, 300 to 400 is very poor, 400-500 is severe and anything above 500 is Severe+ category, according to the national scale. Delhi has witnessed days when the AQI has gone above 900 which is very dangerous. Kerala on average is in the moderate category of AQI.
India has learned a lesson by witnessing the air deterioration at the capital. It is high time we adopt measures that can help in stopping air pollution to an extent. Individuals play a major role in improving air quality and stopping pollution. There are many things that an individual can do to help reduce air pollution. Every individual taking an active role can make huge improvements.
Here are a few things you can do :
- Walk or use a cycle to travel to nearby places.
- Make use of public transport services.
- Use the idea of carpooling and shared rides.
- Reduce the use of aerosols in the household.
- Switch off electrical appliances when not in use.
- Try using a fan instead of an air-conditioner.
- Instead of burning the leaves at home, make a compost pit.
- Plant more trees in the backyard of your house or in the neighborhood.
- Always remember the Reduce Reuse Recycle principle.
- Make sure the pollution check is done on your vehicle at regular intervals.
- Drive in the speed limits that are permissible.
- Use more CNG vehicles.
Doing simple things can make a huge difference. If we do not start caring for the air quality now, in the near future we will have to suffer much. Do your part for a better future.