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Breathing Here Is Injurious to Your Health: The Human Cost of Air Pollution and How You Can Be the Change
Jyoti Pande Lavakare

Classification : Natural History, Environment & Conservation
Pub Date : Nov 30, 2020
Imprint : Hachette India
Page Extent : 360
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9789389253108
Price : 399

About the book

Every year millions of Indians see their life expectancy drastically cut short by the involuntary – yet essential – act of breathing.

When Jyoti Pande Lavakare's otherwise healthy mother is diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer in 2017, the connection of her mother's terminal illness to air pollution comes up quickly for Jyoti, a seasoned clean air evangelist.

Back in 2013, Jyoti had chanced upon information that revealed a chilling truth: across north India, and particularly in the national capital, deadly PM 2.5 microparticles in the air had reached hazardous levels. New Delhi had become a gas chamber, its air insidiously choking its citizens, hastening disease and death.

Determined to bring about awareness, Jyoti and other concerned individuals band together as Care For Air and embark upon a rousing journey to battle the apathy surrounding air pollution. From presenting data at school PTA meetings to participating in public protests and media debates, questioning the legislature and eventually approaching the Supreme Court of India – Jyoti and her group use every forum they can think of, pushing for the Indian citizen’s right to breathe clean air.

At once alarming and compelling, Breathing Here Is Injurious to Your Health is an urgent call to action and delivers a powerful message: that change begins with each one of us and that it is imperative to hold governments accountable in the fight for better air.


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‘As we are born into this wondrous planet, it is our first big gulp of air that teaches us how to survive outside of our mother’s womb. Air, that invisible thing that we inhale and exhale every day of our lives. It is our breath that ensures we are alive. Our right to life is underlined by our ability to breathe clean air. For the millions of children, elderly and people that breathe toxic polluted air each day of their lives, the full extent of [the] damage this causes their health is still to be fully understood. 14 of the 21 most polluted cities of the world are in India. Air pollution is a huge environmental risk to human health. Asthma, croup, COPD, cancer and other serious illnesses are caused by air pollution. The solutions exist to beat air pollution; what is missing is the personal and political will. This book can change this. Jyoti has written a deeply personal and powerful book that I believe will evoke our empathy and our action. A must-read!’ – Dia Mirza, Actor, Producer, UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador and United Nations Secretary-General’s Advocate for Sustainable Development Goals
     
Jyoti Pande Lavakare
Jyoti Pande Lavakare is a financial journalist who has worked for both the national (Economic Times) and international press (Dow Jones Newswires) between 1990–2002, reporting from South Asia,...(+)