Smoked lungs by Air Pollution

Happy Environmental Day:

  • Environmental day is celebrated 5th June of every year.
  • The initiative had been taken by United Nations to encourage awareness and protect our environment.
  • First Environmental Day held on 1974 (Theme: Only One Earth)
  • 143 countries have joined their hands and participate in Environmental Day.
  • Last year’s i.e. 2018, theme was ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ which was hosted by India. India aims to stop single use plastic by 2020 all over India.
  • This year’s theme is ‘Beat Air Pollution’. Which will be hosting by China.
  • Every year from 2013, Earth Anthem is sung which was written by Abhay K all around the world.

Earth Anthem:

Our cosmic oasis, cosmic blue pearl
the most beautiful planet in the universe
all the continents and all the oceans
united we stand as flora and fauna
united we stand as species of one earth
different cultures, beliefs and ways
we are humans, the earth is our home
all the people and the nations of the world
all for one and one for all
united we unfurl the blue marble flag.

It was launched in June 2013 on the occasion of the World Environment Day by Kapil Sibal and Shashi Tharoor, then Union Ministers of India, at a function organized by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations in New Delhi. It is supported by the global organisation Habitat For Humanity.

Beat Air Pollution:

  • Each World Environment Day is organized around a theme that focuses attention on a particularly pressing environmental concern.
  • The theme for 2019, “Beat Air Pollution,” is a call to action call to combat this global crisis. Chosen by this year’s host, China, this year’s topic invites us all to consider how we can change our everyday lives to reduce the amount of air pollution we produce, and thwart its contribution to global warming and its effects on our own health.

Causes of Air Pollution:

Understanding the different types of pollution, and how it affects our health and environment will help us take steps towards improving the air around us. Often you can’t even see it, but air pollution is everywhere. We can’t stop breathing, but we can do something about the quality of our air. Nine out of ten people worldwide are exposed to levels of air pollutants that exceed safe levels set by the World Health Organisation. There is little doubt – we are faced with an urgent task.

causes of air pollution: household, industry, transport, agriculture, waste
  • Household – The main source of household air pollution is the indoor burning of fossil fuels, wood and other biomass-based fuels to cook, heat and light homes. Around 3.8 million premature deaths are caused by indoor air pollution each year, the vast majority of them in the developing world.
  • Industry – In many countries, energy production is a leading source of air pollution. Coal-burning power plants are a major contributor, while diesel generators are a growing concern in off-grid areas.
  • Transport – The global transport sector accounts for almost one-quarter of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions and this proportion is rising. Transport emissions have been linked to nearly 400,000 premature deaths.
  • Agriculture – There are two major sources of air pollution from agriculture: livestock, which produces methane and ammonia, and the burning of agricultural waste. Around 24 percent of all greenhouse gases emitted worldwide come agriculture, forestry and other land-use.
  • Waste – Open waste burning and organic waste in landfills release harmful dioxins, furans, methane, and black carbon into the atmosphere. Globally, an estimated 40 percent of waste is openly burned.
  • Other sources – Not all air pollution comes from human activity. Volcanic eruptions, dust storms and other natural processes also cause problems. Sand and dust storms are particularly concerning.

Join your hands with us to stop air pollution:

We have planted some trees by our side from New Horizon College. Plant a tree, be away from pollution.

You can even join a NGO called Say trees. Let’s make our Bangalore a garden city again.

“It is time to act decisively. My message to governments is clear: tax pollution; end fossil fuel subsidies; and stop building new coal plants. We need a green economy not a grey economy.” Secretary-General, António Guterres, United Nations

One comment

  1. I do agree with all the ideas you have presented in your post. They’re really convincing and will certainly work. Still, the posts are too short for newbies. Could you please extend them a bit from next time? Thanks for the post.

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