WHAT IS WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY?
- World Environment Day is the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment.
- It was established in 1972 but first held in 1974
- The event has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.
- The theme for 2019 is “Air pollution”.
- Every World Environment Day 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 host is China.
SDG ENVIRONMENTAL GOALS
The sustainable development goals are global framework for development. The 17 goals cut across all the challenges that we have and world leaders, nations, institutions as well as individuals are encouraged to contribute to the attainment of these goals.
The world environment day program is in line with the SDGs. The goals that relate to environment include the following:
Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainableEnsure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
- Air pollution contributes to global warming and also affects our health adversely.
- According to the UN, “we can’t stop breathing, but we can do something about the quality of our air,”.
- Nine out of ten people worldwide are exposed to levels of air pollutants that exceed safe levels set by the World Health Organization.
- According to WHO, “nine out of ten people worldwide are exposed to levels of air pollutants that exceed safe levels set by the World Health Organization”.
FORMS OF AIR POLLUTION
- Household air pollution caused due to indoor burning of fossil fuels, wood and other biomass-based fuels leads to around 3.8 million premature deaths, mostly in developing countries.
- Industrial and transport pollution have been linked to thousands of premature deaths worldwide annually. Around 24 percent of greenhouse gas emission worldwide come from agriculture, forestry and other land-use.
- Waste burning and dumping release harmful dioxins, methane and black carbon into the atmosphere while volcanic eruptions, dust storms and other natural processes also contribute to global air pollution.
AIR POLLUTION FACTS
- Approximately 7 million people worldwide die prematurely each year from air pollution, with about 4 million of these deaths occurring in Asia-Pacific.
- 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
DECIDE WHAT ACTION YOU ARE GOING TO TAKE
- Minimize emission of carbon dioxide
- Stop using candle and kerosene lamp.
- Use rechargeable and solar lamp
- Stop the use of generator and use solar instead
- Switch to a hybrid or electric vehicle and request electric taxis
- Turn off the car engine when stationary
- Save energy: turn off lights and electronics when not in use
- Choose non-toxic paints and furnishings
FOCUS OF 2019 THEME
World Environment Day 2019 will urge governments, industry, communities, and individuals to come together to explore renewable energy and green technologies, and improve air quality in cities and regions across the world.
WHAT WE DID
Arrows Foundation in partnership with Dodawn Computronix (Nig) went to a secondary school in Awka Anabra State, Nigeria to commemorate the occasion.
The name of the school is Bishop Crowther Seminary, Awka. There we had seminars on the theme, presented another seminar on Alternative energy source, shared the word of God with them and had hands-on training on solar installation.
The team was led by Engr Dozie Ekwunife. Other members of the team are Bro Precious, Sis Rejoice Iwundu and Emmanuel.
Below are the pictures from the event