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Today, on the 5th of June, it is a particularly important environmental awareness day: World Environment Day (WED). The United Nations designated 5 June as World Environment Day. The United Nations became increasingly aware that the protection and improvement of the human environment is a major issue, impacting the wellbeing of people all over the world. They are the leading global voice on the environment.
It is a day that’s celebrated internationally to encourage awareness and action to protect our environment. Since its inception in 1974, it has grown exponentially as it is celebrated in more than 100 countries. In fact, it has become an imperative global platform for public outreach.
People from all over the world are invited to action to take care of our planet and raise awareness of the environment and specific environmental issues.
This year's host is China, where the official celebrations will be taking place. As part of this, the host highlights the environmental challenges it faces and supports worldwide efforts to address them.
Every year, WED is organized around a particular theme drawing much-needed attention to a particularly pressing environmental concern. The theme and focus for 2019 is “Beat Air pollution”, a global concern impacting people and the environment negatively. “We can't stop breathing, but we can do something about the quality of air that we breathe.”
“Approximately 7 million people worldwide die prematurely each year from air pollution.”
“In particular WED 2019 urges governments, industry, communities, and individuals alike to come together to explore renewable energy and green technologies, and improve air quality in cities and regions across the world.”
What causes Air Pollution?
“Air pollution may seem complex, but we can all do our part to reduce some of it. Understanding the different types of pollution, namely agriculture, household, industry, transport and how it affects our health and environment will help us take steps towards improving the air around us.”
Air Pollution facts
· 92 per cent of people worldwide do not breathe clean air
· Air pollution costs the global economy $5 trillion every year in welfare costs
· Ground-level ozone pollution is expected to reduce staple crop yields by 26 per cent by 2030
· More than 6 billion people – one-third of them children – regularly breathe air that is so polluted it puts their health and well-being at risk.
“Today, we face an equally urgent crisis. It is time to act decisively,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in his official message for World Environment Day. “My message to governments is clear: tax pollution; end fossil fuel subsidies; and stop building new coal plants. We need a green economy not a grey economy.”