Recently Centre for Science and Environment has released its Report on State of Environment, 2021 on 25th February 2021. The report highlighted how the Covid-19 will impact the children around the world.

  • The report highlighted that the coronavirus will impact the 375 million children around the world.
  • Children including from newborns to 14 year olds will suffer long-lasting impacts.
  • These children will be vulnerable to being underweight, stunting and increased child mortality.
  • Their education and work productivity will also be impacted.
  • According to the report, COVID-19 has forced over 500 million children out of school globally. Out of the total children, India accounted for more than half.
  • The report further highlighted that; 115 million additional people might get pushed into extreme poverty due to pandemic. Most of the poorer people live in South Asia.

Where does India stand?

  • As far as sustainable development is concerned, India ranked 117 among 192 countries.
  • Further, India’s air, water and land have become more polluted in between the 2009 and 2018.
  • CPCB: Central Pollution Control Board highlighted that, out of 88 major industrial clusters in the country, 35 went through environmental degradation, 33 went through worsening air quality, 45 clusters comprised of polluted water and while 17 clusters had land pollution
  • Maharashtra’s Tarapur was the most polluted cluster.

What does data show?

The experts from the Centre for Science and Environment highlighted that the data shows that action has not been taken in the past 3 years control and reduce the pollution even in those areas that were already polluted.

Centre for Science and Environment

The Centre for Science and Environment is a not-for-profit public interest research and advocacy organisation. It is located in New Delhi and was established in 1980. Centre for Science and Environment works on the poor planning, environment-development issues, climate shifts in India and advocate for policy changes & better implementation of existing policies.

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