New Delhi, November 18: At a time when the Delhi-NCR is badly suffering from acute air pollution with the Air Quality Index plunging into ‘very severe’ category, Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala on Sunday wrote a letter to the central government, urging to introduce classes on climate change and sustainability in the school curriculum.
Concerned over deteriorating air quality
Expressing deep concern over the deteriorating air quality in the national capital and other areas, Chautala in the letter to Union Human Resource Development Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, said the climate change has become one of the major challenges being faced by developing countries, including India, having severe impact on the health of every citizen.
“Keeping in view the fact that climate change is one of the major challenges being faced by developing countries including us, which has severe impact on the health of every citizen, therefore climate change and sustainability classes as a pan of curriculum in education policy should be introduced throughout the country,” Chautala said in the letter to the MHRD.
AQI in ‘very poor’ category
The letter from the Haryana Deputy Chief Minister to the MHRD come as the overall air quality in Delhi-NCR continued to remain in ‘very poor’ category for the second consecutive day on November 17, the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) stated on Sunday.
The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) in the national capital was recorded at 365 which falls under ‘very poor’ category.
According to the SAFAR, the AQI between 51 and 100 is considered as satisfactory; 101-200 is moderate; 201-300 falls under the category of poor. While 300-400 is considered as ‘very poor’, levels between 401-500 fall under the ‘hazardous category’.
Bright example is Italy
Citing the example of Italy, the Haryana Deputy Chief Minister in the letter to the MHRD, said it has become the first country in the world to include compulsory classes on climate change and sustainability in its curriculum.
“Such learning and awareness should begin right from primary to higher education level so that our future generation can recognise the importance of climate and sustainable development,” his letter stated.
Raising concern over the issue of the increasing pollution in the national capital region, he said it has turned the whole region into a ‘gas chamber’. He said it is high time that collective efforts should be made to find sustainable solutions to the problem.
“Thus, classes on climate change and sustainability should be introduced throughout the country as it would act as the edifice of health,” he wrote in the letter.
Come winter, most of Northern India suffers from a spike in toxicity in the air due to the change in weather and crop residue burning in the neighbouring states of Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.