A lesson for Pakistan: How America fought its smog crisis

In a survey conducted at the beginning of the present decade, it was stated that smog contributed to the premature death of more than 100,000 people.

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Pakistan is facing the same environmental problem that the US faced in the early ’90s. In 1943 when LA first experienced smog, many thought it was a form of bioterror and locked themselves behind closed doors.
Once the public found out it wasn’t as harmful as they first presumed, they returned to their healthy lives. While it may not have been a form of bioterror, its effects are severe and in some instances, even fatal.

The fatal cases of smog:

In a survey conducted at the beginning of the present decade, it was stated that smog contributed to the premature death of more than 100,000 people.

Previously it was thought that smog was created due to sulfur dioxide. However, with the realization that the responsible cause behind it was the automobile industry, scientists made significant contributions in order to get the message across. Not only were the details presented to those who owned such companies but were also propagated at a public level so the people could form an informed opinion about the future.

Putting an end to the smog:

Pakistan will have to fight this battle at different fronts. With a significant percentage of its population still devoid of primary education, propagating a message regarding the current smog situation can prove to be complicated. Furthermore, on an industrial level, scientists and activists will have to face resistance at many levels before they achieve a viable outcome.

 

However, regardless of the problems that may arise the people with the knowledge will have to step out of their comfort zones and take the issue to the masses, and then face the corporation as a comprehensive unit.

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