Every year 2 December is observed as National Pollution Control Day to commemorate the people who lost their lives in the unfortunate incident of Bhopal Gas Tragedy that occurred on this day in 1984.
National Pollution Control Day has three major objectives:
- To raise awareness about increasing air pollution and educating people about how to control and manage industrial disasters.
- To make everyone aware of significance of pollution control acts and ways and to reduce the level of pollution
- To control/ prevent industrial pollution that is a result of human negligence.
The day shows how impactful air pollution is. As per National Health Portal of India (NHPI), every year about 7 million people globally die due to air pollution. NHPI also states that condition is so worse that 9 among 10 people globally do not have access to safe air. Air pollution is responsible for the damage of ozone layer and the pollutants present in air can potentially pass through protective barriers present in the body and can damage your lungs, brain, and heart.
National Pollution Control Board (NPCB) is national governing body responsible for regulating conducts checks on industries to know whether they are following environmental regulations or not.