Air pollution is a public health emergency in Pakistan.

What you can do to reduce your exposure

  1. Run your air purifier on polluted days
  2. Choose less busy and less polluted roads for your everyday journeys (where it’s safe to do so)
  3. Reduce or avoid exercise outside on days with heavy air pollution
  4. Subscribe to pollution alerts for your area

What can you do?

  1. Help fill the air quality data gap by becoming an outdoor data contributor
  2. Use public transport
  3. Carpool to school or work
  4. Don’t idle your car – switch off the engine while in a traffic jam or long traffic signal
  5. Reduce your dependency on generators and air conditioners
  6. Plant trees and vegetation
  7. Get in touch with other people also concerned about air pollution in your area – spread awareness

From our blog

  • Talking Air Pollution in Pakistan during COVID-19 with Dawar Butt

    In our first livestream podcast, we speak with Dawar Hameed Butt, a public policy, health and sustainability consultant based in Lahore, about the blue skies during lockdown. Dawar goes by @theLahorewala on Twitter, where he has become a key persona for all things climate change, environment and air pollution. He also is one of the…

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  • Is Breathing Killing Us?

    Originally posted at the MIT Technology Review Pakistan by Nushmiya Sukhera on 21 February 2017, this article is a snapshot into the future of Pakistan without urgent air quality management programs. “Lung diseases, facemasks, and irritable eyes – a snapshot into the future of Pakistan.” “While the government has not been able to deal with…

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  • An asthma patient in every house

    An asthma patient in every house

    Originally posted at The Third Pole by Mohammad Zubair Khan on 12 January 2017, this article highlights the social costs of the stone-crushing industry for the mountain communities of Pakistan. Often overlooked, the massive amount of air pollution created by stone crushing machines is a major health hazard for mountain communities from where the stone…

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