On 5 June 2019, World Environment Day will be on the theme of “air pollution”— a call to action to combat one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time. Hosted by China, World Environment Day invites us all to consider how we can make changes in our daily lives to reduce air pollution, which in turn can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and benefit people’s health too. China has demonstrated tremendous leadership in tackling air pollution domestically and its commitment to improving air quality can serve as an inspiration to countries around the world.
Together we can #BeatAirPollution and governments around the world are invited to take part. Explore this site to learn about the different types of air pollution and why they matter to you using infographics, quizzes, and stories from around the world.
Discover what civil societies can do
- Commit to using more public transportation, cycle or walk, and share car rides where possible.
- Make a commitment not to burn trash.
- Organize a tree planting activity with your community on World Environment Day, which is a cost-effective way to tackle urban air pollution.
- Organize a trash clean-up event with community and colleagues.
- Use World Environment Day as an opportunity to ask your local authorities to provide timely, regular air quality data and petition for legislation to control the worst polluters.
- If celebrating Eid Al-Fitr, which coincides with World Environment Day this year, consider buying only what you need so as to minimize air pollution and climate change.
- Register your event here.