According to UN Environment (UNEP), understanding the different types of pollution, and how it affects our health and environment can help us take steps towards improving the air around us.
This World Environment Day, the UN agency is issuing a call for action, asking people to claim the Day by doing something to take care of the Earth. Learn more about the campaign and join us in promoting the Day with digital media assets from UNEP.
Need for Behaviour Change
“The environment is facing unprecedented perils, caused by human activity,” says the UN Secretary-General in his video message for the Day, stressing the need to “tax pollution, not people; stop subsidizing fossil fuels and stop building new coal plants.”
“When we circle back and see value in what we discard, everybody wins: we protect nature, build livelihoods and improve the health of people,” says UNEP’s Acting Executive Director Joyce Msuya in a blog, referring to the estimated 90 billion tons of resources that we use every year.
Satya Tripathi, Assistant Secretary-General at UNEP, talks about how unsustainable practices, irresponsible corporate behaviour and policy incentives are some of the fundamental causes of air pollution in an exclusive interview.