World Environment Day

05 Jun 2019

World Environment Day is the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. Since it began in 1974, the event has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.

This years theme is Air Pollution.

Often you can’t even see it, but air pollution is everywhere. With every breath, you are probably sucking in tiny particles that attack your lungs, heart and brain. World Environment Day 2019 is issuing a call to action to combat this global crisis.

Chosen by this year’s host, China, the theme of World Environment Day 2019 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.

There are so many things that we can do: from cycling or walking to work and back, to recycling non-organic garbage, 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 cookstoves to choose models that save money and protect health.
•    Never burn trash, as this contributes directly to air pollution.

See how Newcastle's air pollution levels rate on a global scale and discover how the air in your city impacts you.