A new study published last week reports that in India nearly 5 people die every minute because of the burning of fossil fuels.
Globally, 8.7 people died in 2018 because of Air Pollution, most of them (30,7%) in Asia, and as many as 16.8% in Europe and 26,7% in N America.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that India and China are far away and put away the news with the classic hopeful, reassuring thought: “poor Indians and Chinese, fortunately we are not living there”.
In Greece, up to 16.600 people die annually due to Air Pollution, which corresponds to almost 2 people dying every hour! That’s really unacceptable. Two Greeks dying every hour because of the toxic Air they breathe is nothing to be feeling hopeful and reassured about. Air Pollution is a relentless, silent killer over here too, as Greece is unfortunately the most polluted country of Europe.
You should never forget the above numbers.
We must demand the authorities to clean up our Air and:
- Forbid wood and oil burning for residential heating;
- Renew all those ancient, highly polluting means of transportation such as yellow taxis, trucks, buses, old motorcycles and cars, etc.;
- Close Coal Power Plants;
- Forbid the burning of crop residuals by farmers.
In short, we need to transition to renewable fonts of energy NOW:
WE NEED TO STOP BURNING STUFF!