The United Nations General Assembly has designated 7 September as the International Day of Clean Air for blue skies. This first International Day of Clean Air for blue skies aims to build a global community of action that encourages cooperation at the national, regional, and international levels. It calls on countries to work together to tackle air pollution and provide clean air for all.
The theme of the first International Day of Clean Air for blue skies is “Clean Air for All”. It invites us all to consider how we can change our everyday lives to reduce the amount of air pollution we produce.
Air pollution is preventable, but we need everyone on board–from individuals to private companies to governments.
What you can do?
The first observance of the International Day of Clean Air for blue skies provides an opportunity for each of us to combat air pollution.
There are so many things that we can do, from cycling to work, to recycling non-organic trash, to pressuring local authorities to improve green spaces in our cities. Here are some other ideas:
- turn off lights and electronics not in use;
- check efficiency ratings for home heating systems and cook-stoves, favouring models that save money and protect health; and
- never burn trash, as this contributes directly to air pollution.
Air pollution is an environmental risk to human health and an avoidable cause of death and disease worldwide. 92% of our world is exposed to polluted air causing an estimated 7 million premature deaths every year. Environmental health is in fact, inextricably linked to human health. Improving our air quality will bring health, development and environmental benefits.
Source of Info: United Nations Environment Programme & WHO
- COP28: Summary of the initiatives and financial commitments for climate and health
- COP28 UAE Climate and Health Declaration: Putting Health at the Heart of the Climate Agenda
- Guiding Principles for Financing Climate and Health Solutions
- Global health community calls for urgent action on climate and health at COP28
- Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) Youth Forum 2024
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