National Pollution Control Day or National Pollution Prevention Day is observed every year on 2 December. It is celebrated every year. This day is observed in memory of thousands of people who were lost in the Bhopal gas tragedy on December 2 and 3, 1984. For those who lived through those days, perhaps the image that remains seared in their minds is that of the glassy eyed infant being buried, eyes wide open, a reminder of how tragedy takes away a life yet to be lived. The main purpose of celebrating this day is to spread awareness among people about pollution and its control. On this day, the Pollution Control Department will organize several programs in this regard in the education institutions.
The accident occurred on that day because of the release from the Union Carbone Chemical Plant of the toxic chemical methyl isocyanate, also known as MIC, and several other toxic chemicals.
The goal behind this day’s celebration is to raise awareness of pollution and its control measures among people. The day also raises awareness of the problem triggered by rising pollution.
Why we celebrated national pollution day
There are three key targets for National Pollution Control Day:
- To raise awareness of growing air pollution and to educate people about how industrial disasters can be regulated and handled.
- Educating citizens and businesses on the importance of actions to control pollution
- To regulate/prevent industrial pollution arising from human negligence.
Effects of Air Pollution on Health
Air pollution may have a huge effect on our health, causing issues such as asthma, bronchial diseases, problems with the skin, mental health problems, cancer, and heart disease. So how do we defend ourselves, rather than escaping to the countryside, from the consequences of poorer air quality?
- The good news is that research has shown connections between what we eat and our air pollution safety levels, so we can make easy adjustments to our diet to protect ourselves from harm.
- Antioxidants protect our bodies from free radicals. Due to the introduction of harmful air particles into the body, free radicals are formed.
- Antioxidants in our food.
- Different methods of controlling Pollution
- Promoting the use of electricity from renewable energy.
- The turning of non-use lights and electronics.
- During rush hour, restrict walking on busy streets, and if you have a small child with you, consider lifting them above the level of car exhausts.
- Through handling and managing solid waste, pollution can be reduced.
- Using environmentally safe materials made up of a highly toxic element instead of plastic that is detrimental to health.
- Choose public transport instead of your car or ride a bicycle as far as possible to be fit.
- Pollution can minimize by the facility of Biochemical waste, the reuse of waste.
- Properly disposing of waste instead of dumping it into space or drain or water. Organic waste can also be dumped far away from residential regions.
- Stopping smoking prevents damage to the ozone layer in public areas.
- To prevent smoke pollution, service the vehicle properly using unleaded fuel to stay in good running condition.
- Industries should strictly follow the rules on pollution control defined by government regulations.
- Don’t burn waste as the resulting smoke affects health.
- Plant more trees in your home to create a green area. To safeguard your family from pollution, it filters the air and provides oxygen.
- Pollution can be minimized by the treatment of electronic waste.
- The Clean Growth Mechanism Project will reduce pollution in urban areas.
- Improve the planting of urban trees and green roofs to reduce pollution in urban areas.
So it is really important to regulate pollution now and it is not just the responsibility of the government. We should all be conscious and strive to build a safe, living, disease-free world so people can do their job in a better way and can live their lives happier in this environment.