Its that day of the year again where the environment is revered and is vowed to be protected by millions across the world. This year the theme of World Environment Day is 'Beat Air Pollution'.
Approximately 7 million people worldwide die prematurely each year from air pollution, with about 4 million of these deaths occurring in the Asia-Pacific. 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.
China is the host country for 2019 and the focus on the host country helps highlight the environmental challenges faced by them in addition to supporting worldwide efforts to address the issues.
"Thodi hawa aane de, Tazi hawa aane de...Thodi hawa aane de, Tazi hawa aane de." is India's slogan for the occasion. Hawa Aane De — is the newest release by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change for World Environment Day on 5 June. The Bhamla Foundation, an NGO working across many themes including health, child rehabilitation, woman empowerment & environment awareness, has collaborated with the Ministry on the song which propagates tips to reduce air pollution for the future generation.
World Environment Day programmes had started early in Mumbai, where on May 27, thousands of participants took part in the 136th week of the World's Largest Beach Cleanup. Later that day, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the UN Environment signed an agreement to "green" the sport of cricket.
On Wednesday, the Prime Minister also tweeted about World Environment Day:
President Kovind has also issued a statement:
In India, #SelfieWithSapling trended widely, encouraging citizens to plant as many trees as possible.
Famed sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has made one of his iconic themed installations at Puri beach:
Across the world, various events ranging from the planting of trees to seminars on effective ways to tackle air pollution are being organized, with the total number of events coming close to 6119. Awareness programs are being held across India to educate people about the hazards of air pollution and to find effective measures to tackle the same.
Bicycle Fun Ride Slogan Competition, Tree Planting, Clean Up activity and Miss Nature Pageant events have been organized by the Ministry of Environment Climate Change Disaster Management & Meteorology, Solomon Islands.
In China, week-long EcoChallenge campaigns have been initiated to spread awareness to children regarding the conservation of water, effective ways to tackle various forms of pollution and the use of sustainable energy. A new bionic intelligent breathing window, whose glass mimics the filtration effect of biological cell membrane on harmful substances, keeps harmful substances in the outside atmosphere out of the room is also being introduced.
A roundtable is being organized on “Air Pollution in Chelyabinsk: state of affairs, concrete steps on monitoring air quality, strengthening the interaction of all stakeholders” at Chelyabinsk in Russia.
Scotland, meanwhile looks to beat air pollution by offering trials on electric bikes and demos of hybrid and electric cars.
In Bath, England, people are being encouraged to rethink their plastic consumption and recycling habits by inviting them to pay for pizza with plastic bottles on World Environment Day. Each plastic bottle is worth 50p towards pizzas.
During an event jointly promoting the World Environment Day with its campaign to #BeatAirPollution and the memory of Mahatma Gandhi, representatives from the Embassy of India and the Ministry of Environment Czech Republic will initiate the planting of 150 trees at Prague, Czech Republic.
In Nantes, France, research has been initiated to assess the benefits of replacing old "3 stones" fireplace comprising of the following thoughts: measurement of air pollutants emitted and the evaluation of health benefits.