What We Do
Our mission is an aware and informed society mobilizing towards clean air in India. We use creative, awareness-building campaigns to broaden society's understanding about the causes and effects of air pollution and the dangers to individual health.
Care for Air has an in-school education campaign to spread awareness on the impact of air pollution. We have conducted seminars with numerous schools across the Delhi/NCR, addressing audiences of students, teachers and parents.
We participate in think tanks and panel events, community events and have been involved in advocacy campaigns, such as the air quality petition to the Supreme Court Advocate on behalf of three infants.
We've been pretty active across Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida schools and are looking to extend this initiative in 2016. The basic idea is to educate and inform teachers, students, and parents alike through customized, interactive presentations. We know how important it is to have constructive, informative campaigns that will make a lasting difference. We work with schools to create ongoing programs such as Clean Air clubs and the like.
Several schools we have worked with so far:
Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, Lodi Estate, New Delhi
August 24, 2016
Attended by Environment Club (Grade 6-11)
Modern School, Vasant Vihar,
The Indian School, Josip Broz Tito Marg, New Delhi
DPS, East of Kailash
January 29, 2016
Attended by students of Grades 3, 4, 5 (roughly 700)
Shiv Nader School, Gurgaon
Attended by students of Grade 1 through 5.
The Shri Ram School – Aravali, Gurgaon
Attended by students of junior school and senior school.
Sanskriti School, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
Attended by parents of children of the school
Excelsior American School. Gurgaon
Attended by high school students
Shri Ram School - Vasant Vihar campus
Attended by Grade 1 – 5 and faculty
Sanskriti School, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
Attended by faculty
If you are a teacher, student, or a parent and would like us to conduct a presentation at your school, please do drop us an email. We will be happy to hold a workshop - the only way to get the message across is to spread it far and wide.
Starting October 2016, we are launching an intensive, first-of-its-kind program: The Care for Air Student Ambassador Program. This unique, customized program will be offered to secondary school students as a 12 hour module, over 4 weekend days, from late September – November 2016 in New Delhi. Credible and highly respected air pollution scientists and air pollution analysts will be part of the teaching panel. Our organisation is supported by experts in this field such as TED Fellow, Dr Sarath Guttikunda and Dr Joshua Apte from the department of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Bhargav Krishna, from the Public Health Foundation of India will be overseeing all technical content of our program. We are in the process of finalising our teaching faculty for the first module. At least 3 of the 4 teaching sessions will be held on campus at The British School and the American Embassy School.
High school students applying for this unique, highly specialized program will learn about the causes of air pollution, how pollution travels, the impact of weather and other factors, its impact on human health, the current state of pollution in Delhi and the policy and regulations around it, among other things. Students will also get laboratory time to learn the science of air pollution measurement (and perhaps even learn to make their own sensors!) from among the best in this field through a series of interactive and practical sessions led by experts especially chosen by us.
Two students from each school will be chosen based on their 500 word essay submission on “Why I care about the air, how air pollution impacts life and what I’d like to learn about the air we breathe.”
Upon completion of the course, they will be certified as Care for Air Student Ambassadors. They will have the opportunity to share their learnings and personal insights on the official Care for Air web site and blog, as well. Through this program, we hope to trigger greater passion for our environment among our youth and create a cohort of more aware and environmentally conscious young people, in whatever professions they go on to choose.
The media does have far reaching impact, and Care For Air works across media platforms to disseminate information and be a part of discussions and debates:
Jyoti Pande Lavakare interviewed on The Buck Stops Here
6 December 2017, 10 PM
Jyoti Pande Lavakare interviewed on Left, Right and Centre
9 November 2017
Jyoti Pande Lavakare interviewed on TV/radio program based at The University of Missouri, USA
7 December 2017
Jyoti Pande Lavakare interviewed on The Stream
15 November 2017
Barun Aggarwal interviewed on News Update about odd/even scheme
8 December 2015, 6.50pm
BBC RADIO “Business Matters”
4 December and 8 December 2015
Anu Anand interviews Jyoti Pande Lavakare about pollution crisis in Delhi
Mint Lounge and Mint Live, 7 and 8 November 2015
Article about Gopal Sankaranarayanan’s petition to ban Diwali fireworks.