Asian Countries Gasp for Air
By: Raaghav Bhardwaj
Imagine not being able to breathe. Countries all around Asia are dealing with horrendous air quality every single day. The Air Quality Index is a set of numbers that give information on air quality. According to the AQI, good air quality is considered 0-50 on the scale. In Southeast Asia, countries like Bangladesh, Pakistan, China, and India all have an average air quality upwards of 150 according to the Air Quality Index. In some Asian countries, the air quality gets up to 300 on some days! For example, in Handan China, many premature deaths happen because of the air quality. Every day young kids in Asia are exposed to this air, and their lungs are permanently damaged because of it. Many people overlook this problem, but we need to find a solution.
Many people in South Asia are suffering because of the slow build up of carbon emissions over time. Companies are overloading on supplies in Asia and are producing way more waste at a progressing rate each year. The United States exports garbage every single year to smaller countries. About 157,000 containers were sent this year and it is growing each year according to plasticpollution.com. About 92% of all people in Asia are exposed to harmful, polluted air that is considered hazardous. Every year companies dump their radioactive waste out into the already polluted rivers. Over the years it has worsened to the point of no return and because of it over 90% of Asia is contaminated with hazardous quality.
So what has the government done to help this problem? Countries like Bangkok, India, Thailand, and South Korea are supposedly trying to help this cause, but in many people’s eyes they are definitely not doing enough. People in Bangkok say that they haven’t seen a clear sky in over 6 weeks. So much pollution has built up in the air, that people cannot see the sky. Small organizations, like GreenPeace East Asia, go around cleaning up streets and filtering water. They also clean waste contaminated rivers throughout East Asia.
Other organizations like the SEI specialize in solving the air pollution problem throughout Asia. Small changes like correctly disposing trash or even cleaning the smaller streets can make a big impact over time. Smaller organizations are working hard to help this pollution problem, but we need to get the Asian governments’ attention. One small thing we can do is set up multiple community protests throughout Asia. We could also donate to smaller organizations that individually help clean small cities and streets.