What’s The Price of Fresh Air in South Asia?

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What’s the price of fresh air in South Asia? Environmentalists and labor rights advocates are starting to measure. With nearly 17 million children between ages five and 17 engaged in child labor in South Asia — one in five of which are 11 years old or younger, the future is certainly at risk and looking very pricey. In Delhi, India, the city’s population is catapulting forward, exceeding 20 million people. Some estimates put it at 25 million. The UN projects that by 2030, the population could be 36 million, making it the second most populous city in the world behind Tokyo.

So let’s talk air quality.

Next City writes: “This year, the World Health Organization (WHO) labeled Delhi as the most polluted city in the world, surpassing longtime competitor Beijing. The particulate matter that is most lethal for humans to breathe in large quantities — PM 2.5 — is found in higher concentrations in Delhi than the Chinese capital, according to Greenpeace. During the winter months, it gets worse, as smog insulates the city and traps the pollution within. Greenpeace found Delhi’s PM 2.5 levels to be 10 times higher than the WHO safe threshold.”

With fashion manufacturing moving faster and faster, how much more can cities like Delhi and other areas take? How will people live and manufacture in a place they can’t breathe in? If I were a CEO, I’d be taking obvious factors like this into consideration…

Read the full article on Next City.

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