India—like other countries in the global south—is vulnerable to climate-related health implications that are aggravated by rising air pollution levels
At the 5th edition of India Clean Air Summit (ICAS) 2023, to be held in Bengaluru from 23rd-25th August, the Centre for Air Pollution Studies aims to focus on the urgency of prioritising clean air for sustainable development and Mission LiFE.
The discussions at the summit will allow for a deeper understanding of the contribution of national and global policies related to sustainable development and net zero emissions in addressing air pollution.
The summit will witness the presence of technologists and product developers who will showcase their latest technology, devices and training sessions. Additionally, it offers an opportunity to the social scientists, content creators and influencers to learn and engage in dialogues with people directly involved in the process of dealing with air pollution. A student poster competition will also be held where 15 posters with research ideas will be presented by students.
The summit is being organised at the backdrop of India’s vulnerability to climate-related health hazards exacerbated by increasing levels of air pollution. This situation is prevalent not just in India but in all of the global south, leaving the citizens at a disproportionate risk of air pollution impacts. The impact of rising air pollution is not limited to health issues. It goes to the extent of slowing down the economy in developing countries, impacting the environment and also increasing the vulnerability of at-risk communities already impacted by climate change.
ICAS, since the time it started in 2019, provides a common platform to experts and thought leaders from diverse fields such as scientists, policymakers, academicians, and civil societies where they can engage in meaningful discussions on health and socio-economic implications of air pollution and its linkage with the climate change.