World Environment Day is the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. It has been celebrated on the 5th of June every year since 1974. The purpose is to create awareness on emerging environmental issues from water pollution, human overpopulation, and global warming, to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime. The event has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 140 countries.
World Environment Day is the “people’s day” for doing something to take care of the Earth. That “something” can be local, national or global. It can be an individual action or involve a crowd.
Each year, World Environment Day is organized around a theme and has a different host country, where the official celebrations take place. The focus on the host country helps highlight the environmental challenges it faces and supports worldwide efforts to address them.
This year’s World Environment Day will be hosted by China, with a theme of “Air Pollution”. We can’t stop breathing, but we can do something about the quality of our air. Air pollution not only impacts our health, but can also contribute to global warming.
Approximately 7 million people worldwide die prematurely every year from air pollution, with about 4 million of these deaths occurring in Asia-Pacific. World Environment Day 2019 will focus more on urging the governments, industries, communities, and individuals to come together to explore renewable energy and green technologies and improve air quality in cities and regions across the world.
Air Pollution Facts:
* 92% of people worldwide don’t breathe clean air
* Air pollution costs the world economy $5 trillion every year in welfare costs
* By 2030 ground-level ozone pollution is expected to reduce staple crop yields by 26%.
What can you do to #BeatAirPollution?
It can be something as simple as turning off lights when you leave a room or turning off electronics when they are not in use. Walk or bike to school. Compost organic food items and reduce, reuse and recycle.
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