Jaipur, April 07, 2022.

WHO estimates that more than 13 million deaths around the world each year are due to avoidable environmental causes. This includes the climate crisis which is the single biggest health threat facing humanity. The climate crisis is also a health crisis.

As we celebrate World Health Day this year, let’s understand and analyse this year’s theme: Our Planet, Our Health. This year will mark the 72nd year of celebrating World Health Day. It is no news a lot has changed in terms of our planet and how it affects our health. This year we recognise the adverse affects of not only unhealthy lifestyles but also how adversely our planet’s health affects ours. 

Besides causing various kinds of illnesses and chronic diseases, climate changes has also resulted in worsening pre-existing disorders. Some of them being:

Asthma: Researchers have found air pollution to be one of the key reasons for people getting asthma. Besides being a cause for asthma, it also makes it difficult for people with pre-existing asthma to function smoothly in their day to day life. Polluted air in itself is extremely uncomfortable to inhale and for people suffering with asthma, this gets worse due to the swelling and tightening of the airways. 

Cancer: Air pollution has now been proven to cause some kinds of cancers. Due to a compromised immune system, this might make the illness and recovery worse in people already suffering from cancer.