When a report finds that 95% of Earth’s population is inhaling unsafe air, we should all be worried.
The report, filed by Boston-based Health Effects Institute (HEI), also concluded that most of that percentage live in underdeveloped countries.
It is no big secret that the air quality in our nation, especially in our metropolitan areas, is less than ideal -- which is corroborated by the fact that the quality of our air has been on a fast decline since 2010, concentrated with dangerous levels of the substance known as particulate matter, which is well over 10 times the maximum level set by the World Health Organization.
Diseases related to air pollution cause over 122,000 deaths in Bangladesh each year, according to the HEI report.
Make no mistake: Air pollution is a public health hazard.
There are certain measures that the government, with the cooperation of the private sector, can help to alleviate such a dire situation -- steps such as a modern overhaul of brick kilns, controlling harmful smoke-emitting motor vehicles, and spreading awareness of the everyday ways through which we can control man-made causes of air pollution, can go a great way in improving the quality of the air we breathe.
While there are some laws already in place to control factory emissions, they need to be enforced.
It is hard to think of a worthier goal than cleaning up the air that we, and our future generations, will breathe.
We need to act fast.