Founder, Pak Air Quality Initative
Abid Omar has a social mission: how can I help improve the environment of Pakistan? He sees the air pollution emergency in Pakistan as a silver lining — an opportunity to drive environmental awareness and change that will clean up Pakistan for good. A key indicator of environmental issues is pollution that affects our daily lives, specifically air pollution. He founded the Pakistan Air Quality Initiative (PAQI) to monitor air quality across major urban areas of Pakistan and to provide awareness for air quality and air pollution issues, and therefore provide impetus for change. PAQI provides crowd-sourced air quality data for Pakistan. PAQI is a community-driven initiative to set up low-cost, real-time monitors to capture air quality data and thereby increase social awareness. It provides tools and information people need to thrive in polluted environments.