Take a stand for air quality: Stop the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon!
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I am part of the program leadership team at Teach for India and we work to serve the needs of children in the city of Delhi. According to reports, over half of the children in Delhi will have irreversible effects on their lungs because of the current levels of pollution in Delhi. The exposure (even within these few weeks) is enough to permanently damage their lungs. The current levels of air pollution are over 20 times the safe limit and this claims at least 10,000 lives every year. Delhi is in the middle of a public health emergency.
We believe that everyone needs to discard their apathy and come together to ensure that we stay as healthy as possible. If corporations want to demonstrate their social responsibility towards the people of Delhi, they should take visible measures such as cancelling the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon until the air is safer to breathe. The head of the department of chest surgery at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi states that running a marathon in these conditions can deposit approximately two tablespoons of toxic ash in your lungs.
Cancelling the marathon would send a strong message to local and national governments and raise awareness within the public. Delhi is the most polluted city in the world and only concerted effort from all sections of society coming together will solve this problem. We believe that canceling the ADHM will be the first step towards this goal (which would involve many more measures in the future).
On behalf of all the children of Delhi, who represent the future of our city, we request Bharti Airtel Ltd to cancel the ADHM and demonstrate its corporate commitment towards solving the air quality problem in Delhi.
Sign this petition to join us in ensuring that our children grow up in a healthy city.
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