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How can I help in reducing the pollution?
As soon as the pollution levels peaked post-Diwali, newspapers were dominated with headlines highlighting the insufficiency of the government in bringing down pollution, banning crackers and reducing industrial or vehicular pollutants.
It is easy and very convenient to sit on the sidelines and crib about how the government is lacking in bringing in stringent measures to bring down the recently spiked pollution levels. However, it takes courage and determination to take the matter into one's own hands and take a step towards making a difference.

Each of us is a sentient member of the society and contributions from each of us, no matter how small, matter. Every little step taken at an individual level will only work towards the goodwill of the society as a whole.

Do  not ask what the governing bodies are doing, instead, introspect within yourself and ask what you are doing? We ourselves have brought on this onslaught of toxic smog, and it is our moral duty as an active member of the society to take measures at an individual level to control it.
Take a step to do your bit; you can make your significant contribution by taking the following pledges:
1. I will not burn agarbatti, incense sticks and dhoopbatti at my home or workplace till pollution levels drop.

2. I will not burn flame producing candles.

3. I will not use kerosene oil or 'mitti ka tel' for any purpose.

4. I will not use wood and coal for any purpose be it cooking or heating.

5. If any unfortunate death occurs in my family, I will bravely opt for an electric cremation.

6. I will not smoke cigarettes or bidi nor allow anyone else to do it.

8. I will resort to wet mopping the floors in my house and workplace.

9. Wherever possible, I will opt for carpooling and public transportation as much as possible.

11. I will immediately get my vehicle checked for pollution standards.

12. I will walk or cycle if I need to cover short distances.

13. I will make sure that the A.C or air purifier in my home, car or workplace does not have a choked filter; and if it has, I will get it repaired.

16. I will not burn leaves, garbage , excess paper ad will reduce paer waste.

19. I will provide enough time for the A.C and air purifiers to stabilize the ambient temperature before entering the room.

20. I will raise my voice against air pollution.

21. If at a petrol pump, I see no mechanism for absorbing toxic vapors, I will speak up.

22. I will object to any unsafe construction in my vicinity.

23. I will not allow construction material to linger on roads after the work has been completed.

24. I will insist that the roads in my vicinity are cleaned mechanically between 12 pm to 5 am.

25. I will ask the RWA in my locality to plant more trees and make sure that the pavements have no exposed soil.

26. I will sell my diesel car and buy a CNG one.

27. I will avidly vote for heavy taxes on crackers and tobacco.

28. I will educate people every day to avoid contributing to air pollution and regarding methods to avoid pollutant exposure.

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