27 Oct 2023
 | 27 Oct 2023
Status: this preprint is currently under review for the journal GC.

Air pollution walk as an impact education tool for air quality sensitization in the global south

Debabrata Bej, Sandip Sankar Ghosh, Srijan Haldar, and Arindam Roy

Abstract. Air pollution has become a serious matter of concern in the global south and a significant amount of funding has been used to create awareness of air pollution. The conventional method of sensitization relies on workshops where slide-based presentations, images, plots and graphs are shown to the participants. However, sensitization about air quality using such an audio-visual format might not be sufficient to create adequate impact. Here in this study, we propose a new sensitization technique, the pollution walk, where participants and a subject matter expert will walk through different urban micro-environments with live air quality monitor. A pilot involving three such pollution walks with 24 participants were conducted in a south Asian megacity and pre and post-ante survey were conducted. The results indicate a greater sense of understanding among the participants and multidisciplinary nature of the air pollution problem has been well communicated. To understand the long-term impact, a survey after one year has been done which clearly indicates high levels of awareness and behavioural changes among the participants.

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Short summary
Walking with an air quality monitoring instruments and an air quality expert could be a better tool for improving citizen awareness. A pilot experiment was done where a group of citizen roam around the city of Kolkata, India with live air quality monitor and an expert. The feedback from the participants were taken which clearly indicate air pollution walk as an efficient tool of communicating air pollution.