China to host World Environment Day 2019
China will host the global World Environment Day celebrations on 5 June 2019 with a theme of air pollution. Air pollution is a global emergency affecting everyone. Approximately 7 million people worldwide die prematurely each year from air pollution, with about 4 million of these deaths occurring in Asia-Pacific.
Air Pollution facts:
- 92 per cent of people worldwide do not breathe clean air
- Air pollution costs the global economy $5 trillion every year in welfare costs
- Ground-level ozone pollution is expected to reduce staple crop yields by 26 per cent by 2030
China and green energy
China with its growing green energy sector, has emerged as a climate leader. The country owns half the world’s electric vehicles and 99 percent of the world’s electric buses. China has demonstrated tremendous leadership in tackling air pollution domestically and will now be leading the push to stimulate global action and save millions of lives.
Studying China’s Air Pollution from Australia
A Chinese student doing a Bachelor of Environment and Sustainability at ANU has a “great passion for exploring environmental issues as well as formulating possible solutions […]”. There are some interesting points about the strategies used by China revealed here.
World Environment Day 2019 will urge governments, industry, communities, and individuals to come together to explore renewable energy and green technologies, and improve air quality in cities and regions across the world.
By hosting World Environment Day 2019, the Chinese government will be able to showcase its innovation and progress toward a cleaner environment.