Afghanistan and its capital city in particular, are facing an environmental crisis that puts millions of lives at risk, and significantly lowers the quality of life of Afghans.  Despite the gravity of this crisis—which is estimated to claim far more lives than the current conflict—little is being done.

 The problems are manifold. Smog is now observed year-round in Kabul. Particulate emissions from vehicles, burning of wood and coal, of tires (that also contain human carcinogens), of diesel, of plastics and Styrofoam, and used motor oil have reached dangerously high levels. The United Nations Environmental Program has found that most fuels used in Afghanistan do not comply with international standards. As a result adverse health effects are widespread such as stroke, lung cancer, brain damage, and respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. A 2009 study by the Afghan Ministry of Public Health found that 80% of Kabul residents had lead in their blood. Lead has a seriously deleterious effect on the brain development of children, often leading to learning disabilities.

 “As an organization working towards human development objectives in Afghanistan, at YCDO, we realize that development without sustainable management of environmental resources is untenable. The impact of environmental degradation puts at risk the future we hope that Afghan children will inherit. To that end, YCDO is pleased to announce the commencement of its environmental and biodiversity programs jointly with other national and international partners in Afghanistan.



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