9 out of 10 people worldwide breathe polluted air. It causes 7 million premature deaths annually*. Many of the pollutants also cause global warming. World Environment Day 2019 is issuing a call to action to combat this global crisis.
Air pollution is preventable, each one of us from individuals to organizations and governments play a vital role in combating this crisis.
Did you know:
- Air pollution contributes to preventable illnesses including: lung cancer, asthma, strokes, heart disease and dementia.
- Households (burning of fossil fuels to cook, heat and light homes), industry (energy production being the leading source of air pollution), transport, agriculture and waste are the five main sources of air pollution.
- Transport accounts for almost one quarter of the global carbon dioxide emissions globally.
Every small step in our daily routine helps. So, what can we do?
- Cycle or walk to work and back.
- Save energy: turn off lights and electronics when not in use
- Switch to a hybrid or electric vehicle
- Reduce your consumption of meat and dairy to help cut methane emissions
- Compost organic food items and recycle non-organic trash
- 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.
In honor of World Environment Day 2019, we challenge you to #BeatAirPollution. What action will you take? Share your pledge & challenge others, learn more about the #WorldEnvironmentDay Mask Challenge May 24 - Jun 4.
“Transport emissions have been linked to nearly 400,000 premature deaths. Almost half of all deaths by air pollution from transport are caused by diesel emissions.”
- UN Environment, 2019.
Why do we care? At LINKA, our mission is to make a positive impact on the environment, our lifestyle and health. We believe in promoting healthier, less congested cities. For three years, we have created products to help enhance convenience and security of biking encouraging sustainable urban mobility.
Learn more about your impact and air pollution, visit World Environment Day.