June 5 is World Environment Day (WED). Bearing the theme ‘Air Pollution’, let’s talk about how air quality affects you, your community, and the country where you live right now.
The United Nations General Assembly established World Environment Day (WED) in 1972 on the first day of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. This was the result of the delegates’ discussions on the integration of human interactions and the environment. Its primary objective was – and still is – to raise “worldwide awareness and action for the protection of the environment”.
It was only in 1974, however, that the first WED was launched, setting June 5 as the day to celebrate it. Year after year since its launching, the number of participant countries joining the celebration keeps on growing. Today, more than 140 countries are taking part in the promotion of awareness on the emerging environmental issues like human overpopulation, marine pollution, air pollution, wildlife crime, global warming, and sustainable consumption, among many other issues.
Each WED celebration is spearheaded by a host country and carries a specific theme. Spokane (United States) was the host city of the first World Environment Day with the theme, ‘Only One Earth’ in 1974. This year, 2019, China takes the lead of the WED celebration, carrying the theme, ‘Air Pollution’.
Now, on the context of this year’s theme, I invite you to please share your personal thought about air pollution. How you and your family may contribute (or are contributing) to help reduce air pollution? Write your comments below.
Let me start with my version of helping minimize air pollution. My little contributions to reducing air pollution include:
- Not burning dried leaves and other household garbage. We have an unused septic tank where we deposit our backyard and household trash into, leaving it there to rot and become useful later on. While our non-biodegradable trash is collected by the local community’s garbage collector.
- Making it a habit to walk when the place of destination is just close by. For one, it’s a form of exercise, and two, it helps reduce vehicular traffic and air pollution (caused by combustion).