8-years-old Indian Climate Activist Licypriya Kangujam brings out a symbolic device called SUKIFU (Survival Kit for the Future) to curb the air pollution. SUKIFU is almost zero budget kit specially designed from trash to provide fresh air into our body when the pollution rate is high. This wearable plant is a recognition of the Green Movement and it would be inspiring attention all across the globe facing deadly pollution.
Anybody can build up this concept at home from the trash by recycling to instill fresh air directly into our lungs.
She launched it in front of the Punjab & Haryana Legislative Assembly House as a symbol of demonstration before the oath-taking ceremony of newly elected Haryana MLAs & Ministers. She draws the attention of the leaders to find urgent solutions for the current crisis of air pollution in the Delhi & National Capital Region (NCR).
She said, “This is the ultimate solution. Whoever, carry this, especially the children moving on the popular street laced with SMOG, would no doubt attract a due attention of the climate experts, pollution control board members, scientists, policymakers, city/municipal commissioners and the entire generation, who are bound to ensure “Safe Future” to their “Generation Next”. This type of pollution is not acceptable by any standards.”
“I was inspired by the Chih Chiu’s ‘Voyage on the planet‘. This invention sends a poignant message about environmental degradation and questions the planet’s unknown future and environmental depletion”, she added.
Licypriya said, “Governments are busy blaming each other instead of finding long term solutions on the deadly air pollution. No children are unable to go out of the home in Delhi. All schools have been shut down by the Government. They must act now otherwise our future will be dying.”
Licypriya says the project is “absolutely” inspired by the air pollution problem in Delhi. She also says; she doesn’t want its message to only be about the environment. Instead, it’s about the same adaptability that caused her to come forward with a mission, the qualities of resilience that it takes to survive now and in the future.
In SUKIFU, a potted plant is housed inside a clear backpack (rucksack) hooked up to one tube to funnel fresh air into a face mask. It’s a bold, abstract take on an oxygen tank. The transparent rucksack contains a plant, which connects to the breathing apparatus.
She develops the model with the support of Prof. Chandan Ghosh, Professor at IIT, Jammu. She is severely disturbed every day by the Delhi air pollution throughout the year.
Prof. Ghosh said, “Many areas in Delhi recorded an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 999, beyond which reading is not possible, on Diwali night. The prescribed normal limit is 60. I am concerned about the health of children and infants.”
“This concept speaks to the fragility of the environment and our own vulnerability. Licypriya is sending a strong message to everyone living on this planet that is destroying our future,” he added.
According to a WHO survey of 1600 world cities, Air pollution in India is estimated to kill 1.5 million people every year; it is the fifth-largest killer in India. India has the world’s highest death rate from chronic respiratory diseases and asthma. In Delhi, poor quality air irreversibly damages the lungs of 2.2 million or 50 percent of all children. Now India needs a long term solution to save the health of the people especially children and our environment.
On 5th October, Licypriya will demonstrate again in front of the Prime Minister Office & India Gate, New Delhi to create mass awareness to the public and to draws the attention of the leaders & policymaker on the present crisis.