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New Delhi, April 23, 2017: Hundreds of volunteers including students and officials of the US embassy were out on the streets here on Saturday to promote air quality awareness among people of the national capital and conduct a survey.

As part of the “Earth Day” activities, the US embassy, in cooperation with programme partner Clean Air Asia organised a two-day campaign ‘Better Air, Better Earth’ to promote air quality awareness.

The campaign involved volunteers from the embassies of the US, Sweden, Spain, the High Commission of Canada and Clean Air Asia’s Youth Clean Air Network (YCan), who were placed at various locations here to record PM 2.5 levels and take a perception survey.

The campaign would also be continued on Sunday when volunteers would record people’s perception of air pollution in the city.

“We are proud to support Clean Air Asia’s efforts to raise awareness about air quality in India. Projects like these really are at the heart of this year’s Earth Day theme — environmental literacy,” Richard Pinkham, Director of Programmes, New Delhi American Centre said.

Prarthana Borah, who is India Director of Clean Air Asia, said that the survey would help them to understand the views, opinion and perception of the people towards pollution.

“The campaign will also help in finding solutions for better air quality in the national capital,” she said.

“The campaign is involved in creating awareness on air quality through a variety of programmes, as well as local innovative solutions to meet the challenge of air pollution.”

Clean Air Asia’s Air Quality Researcher Vasundhara Bhojvaid said that various teams were formed to conduct the perception survey in the city.

“We are conducting survey in 15 locations in the city depending on the kind of pollution,” Bhojvaid said.

She added that they have divided and sent the team to five locations — North Delhi, South Delhi, Central Delhi, East Delhi and West Delhi.

Bhojvaid, who was leading a South Delhi team, said that based on research, they have picked up Satya Niketan observing the occurrence of dust due to metro construction.

Likewise, we have chosen other areas based on traffic, industry and other aspects, she said.

She said that students who have volunteered to be part of the campaign would ask people 13 different question related to pollution.

Manaswi Singha, a student of Delhi University and Nishant, an engineering student of Delhi Technological University, who were conducting the survey, said that they chose to be a part of the campaign as they wanted to create awareness and understand the real cause of pollution. (IANS)

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NASA Invites People to Share Picture on Earth Day

You need to use the hashtag #PictureEarth and upload the photo on April 22

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Sharing your best photo showing a detail of Earth on social media with #PictureEarth on Earth Day on April 22, can win you a chance to get that photo featured in NASA videos or composite images.

“We’ll check Instagram, Twitter and our NASA Earth Facebook event page to find your images and select photos from around the world to showcase later in videos and composite images,” NASA said in a statement on Friday.

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“Be sure to tell us where your photo was taken in the text of your social media post,” the US space agency added.

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To be considered for the NASA videos and composite images, people can post a close-up photo on social media of their favourite natural features, such as crashing waves, ancient trees, blooming flowers, or stunning sunsets.

You need to use the hashtag #PictureEarth and upload the photo on April 22. (IANS)