Breathing Here Is Injurious To Your Health


The Human Cost of Air Pollution and How You Can Be the Change

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Every year millions of Indians see their life expectancy drastically cut short by the involuntary – and essential – act of breathing. When Jyoti Lavakare’s otherwise healthy mother is suddenly diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer in 2017, the connections with air pollution come 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 crossed hazardous levels and was continuing to rise. New Delhi had effectively become a gas chamber, its air insidiously choking its citizens, and hastening disease and death. Determined to raise awareness about the alarming situation, Jyoti begins a rousing journey to battle public and political apathy. Moving through every forum she can think of – from school PTA meetings to public protests – and eventually approaching the Supreme Court of India, she pushes for every Indian citizen’s right to clean air. And when personal tragedy arrives at her doorstep in the form of her mother’s terrible illness and eventual demise, it only firms her resolve to continue the fight for change. Breathing Here Is Injurious to Your Health is the story of Jyoti’s impassioned battle against a critical issue that is barely acknowledged. At once compelling and moving, it is an urgent call to action to every Indian citizen to take necessary steps to ensure that their loved ones are protected from further danger, and delivers a clear message: that change begins with each individual.]]>



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