Air pollution is violation of human rights, says UN
07 June, 2019, 23:40
There is a paramount need to protect the environment at the moment, and this is what World Environment Day, which is celebrated every year on June 5, highlights.
According to the World Health Organization, nine out of 10 people worldwide are exposed to levels of air pollutants that exceed safe levels. With this event, the United Nations has urged individuals around the world to choose an action that they will undertake to reduce air pollution, photograph themselves performing the task while wearing a mask and then share the image on social media, tagging other organisations or individuals they wish to get involved in the challenge.
At least seven million people each year lose their lives all because of Air Pollution. AAP is more specific, pledging to reduce air pollution by eliminating crop residue burning.
We're all familiar with air pollution, especially because of the landfill, which reached its maximum capacity more than 10 years ago and sometimes sparks into flames.
In Beijing, the number of days with heavy air pollution has been reduced from 58 days in 2013 to 15 days in 2018, after the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region took a coordinated effort to address air pollution.
Speaking to UN News ahead of WorldEnvironment Day, Tiy Chung, Communications Officer for the Climate & Clean Air Coalition at UNEP, said that Beijing is "showing the way", by taking the issue very seriously, and implementing strong policies.
There are two main types of air pollution - Household (indoor) air pollution and ambient air pollution (outdoor).
Industries can put in place technologies that will reduce the release of air pollutants from their operations. India is among the most polluted countries in the world.
Weigh that against the health benefits, the time saved and economic opportunities it opens up for women, the quality of life improvements, the reduced air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and the reduced pressure on forests (for firewood). In children, this could include reduced lung growth and function, respiratory infections and aggravated asthma. Previous year it was Beat Plastic Pollution, and its impact was felt everywhere as celebrities from all over the world joined in the fight against plastic pollution. Top up the air in the tyres frequently as per the recommended pressure to improve fuel efficiency and to prevent tyre wear.
We often can not see "Air pollution" though it is all around us.
"We have been brought up in a tradition, where nature is equal to God". Switching to solar power in the long run should help retire coal-based thermal power plants.
Throughout the day, the United Nations will be encouraging people to act to tackle air pollution and improve the quality of the air around them.
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