AFP/File / Yuri Cortez The WHO's latest air pollution database reveals an overall deterioration of air in the planet's cities, and highlights the growing risk of serious health conditions
AFP/File / Yuri Cortez The WHO's latest air pollution database reveals an overall deterioration of air in the planet's cities, and highlights the growing risk of serious health conditions

There was a growing lack of responsibility by both private citizens and industries to take it upon themselves to reduce or curb air pollution in Zambia, an influential economic and social lobby group said on Tuesday.

The Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR) said industries were more concerned with making profits at the expense of protecting the environment while most citizens in the country were becoming a threat to their own future by openly disposing and burning waste, a move that was fuming outdoor pollution and choking the clean air in communities.

“Most of the industry players are in pursuit of profit and in the name of job creation do not comply with the environmental protection regulations of the country coupled with poor enforcement from government,” Patrick Nshindano, the organization’s executive director said in a release.

According to him, the failure to curb air pollution was triggering all forms of respiratory-related diseases, adding that it was estimated that 7 million people worldwide die prematurely each year from air pollution and that ground-level ozone pollution was expected to reduce staple crop yields by 26 percent by 2030.

He said there was need for responsible government ministries and agencies to strengthen monitoring systems for industries who were the major sources of air pollution.

The country, he said, has not made much progress on set program targets to tackle environmental degradation and climate change, adding that the country’s inability to adapt to climate change resilient practices in its economic activities will affect economic growth. Enditem

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