SEEDS (Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society) as a part of its Honeywell Safe Schools Program organized a community drive at Kotla village, Mayur Vihar Phase-1, East Delhi to educate children and public on the impact of pollution on the environment.
Air pollution is estimated to kill 1.5 million people every year, and is the fifth largest killer in India. Delhi is the worst hit in terms of pollution amongst major cities in the world. Adding to that, the impact of serious deterioration of air quality is much higher among the children. This winter, just before Christmas, air pollution has already hit a hazardous level of 404 AQI (Air Quality Index), as per data by SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research) in Delhi-NCR. Honeywell Safe Schools Program takes this alarming issue as both a challenge and an opportunity and via the community drive hopes to build awareness and better understanding of air pollution among the public.
During the community drive, activities were undertaken to highlight the impact of pollution and how one can make improvements to the environment. Honeywell India along with SEEDS team staged a musical act on pollution to create awareness amongst the community. Visuals in the form of flash cards on the dos and donts of pollution were displayed. Following this transact walk of the area was undertaken to create conversations with passers-by on pollution.
While citizens of Delhi are today aware of the concept of air pollution, there are gaps in the perception about its causes and solutions. Many children in Delhi walk to school every day along busy roads, getting exposed to high doses of toxic chemicals and hazardous particulates, which have adverse effect on their growth. Understanding the need to keep children updated about the harmful effects of pollution, a kiosk for testing lung functioning was also set up as part of the campaign. Honeywell with SEEDS team also distributed flyers containing vital information to deal with air pollution problems.
The campaign will further be carried out in 5 more locations in Geeta Colony, Kalyanpuri, Krishna Nagar, West Guru Angad Nagar and Nehru Enclave in East Delhi.
About Honeywell Safe Schools Program
Honeywell Safe Schools is a pioneering school safety program that brings a tailor-made, child-first approach towards risk reduction, empowering children to become change agents for building resilience in the communities. Funded by Honeywell India and implemented by SEEDS India, the program involves structural assessment of 50 Delhi government schools by engineers and architects; evaluation of risk perception among children, teachers and parents; and examination of preparedness in the face of any natural or manmade disaster. The program will reach 25,000 children, 40,000 parents, and 1,000 teachers in by 2020.
SEEDS (Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society) is a not-for profit organisation that enables community resilience through practical solutions in the areas of disaster readiness, response and rehabilitation. Since 1994, the organization has worked extensively on every major disaster in the Indian subcontinent grafting innovative technology on to traditional wisdom. It has reached out to families affected by disasters and climate stresses; strengthened and rebuilt schools and homes; and has invariably put its faith in skill building, planning and communications to foster long-term resilience. SEEDS is also Indias first agency to be certified for the global Core Humanitarian Standards an international certification system for quality and accountability in humanitarian response. As SEEDS looks at completing 25 years of outstanding service to humanity, it is re-anchoring its approach to building resilience through innovation. It continues to empower the most vulnerable across Asia to build a better future.