Since 1974 World Environment Day has helped the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) raise awareness and generate political momentum around growing threats to the environment including the depletion of the ozone layer, toxic chemicals, desertification, and global warming. Millions of people have taken part over the years, helping drive change in consumption habits, and in national and international environmental policy.
The theme for 2019, “Beat Air Pollution,” invites people to consider how they can change their everyday lives to reduce the amount of air pollution they produce and end its contribution to global warming and its effects on everybody’s health. As the Secretary-General point out in his WED message, “This polluted air kills some 7 million people each year, causes long term health problems, such as asthma, and reduces children’s cognitive development. According to the World Bank, air pollution costs societies more than $5 trillion every year.”
Learn more about this year’s theme HERE and plan to take action to #BeatAirPollution.