What can governments do?

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 improve air quality can serve as an inspiration to countries around the world.

Our Campaign

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 the infographics, quizzes and stories from around the world.

Discover how governments can get involved

Consider using World Environment Day to make commitments to improve air quality. Here are some ideas: 

  • Announce new requirements on industry to reduce harmful air pollutants.
  • Make a pledge to phase out petrol and diesel-based cars.
  • Use 5 June to pledge more investments in renewable energy sources.
  • Use World Environment Day to make a commitment to put in place national air quality action plans.
  • Make a commitment to monitor air quality, assess pollution sources and tackle them to protect citizens from harmful toxins. Only 1 in 10 cities have air quality measures that meet World Health Organization standards.
  • Announce on World Environment Day that you will join the Breathe Life campaign run by UN Environment, the Climate and
  • Clean Air Coalition, the World Health Organization and the World Bank.
  • Register your event here
For more ideas, view the full guide below
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