Since its inception in 1974, World Environment Day is celebrated every year on June 5th in more than 100 countries. It provides an opportunity to broaden the “basis for an enlightened opinion and responsible conduct by individuals, enterprises and communities in preserving and enhancing the environment.”
Every year, World Environment Day is organized around a theme in order to draw attention towards pressing environmental issues. The theme for World Environment Day 2019 is ‘Beat Air Pollution’.
It is an action call to combat the global environmental crisis. Air pollution is the biggest environmental health risk of the current time. Airborne pollutants are responsible for about one-third of deaths from stroke, chronic respiratory disease, and lung cancer, as well as one-quarter of deaths from a heart attack.
Air pollution is also fundamentally altering the climate, with profound impacts on the health of the planet.
On World Environment Day, President Ram Nath Kovind in a tweet said “We reaffirm our commitment to a cleaner and sustainable planet. Living in harmony with nature is a part of the Indian ethos. India is committed to addressing climate change and bequeathing a greener, eco-friendly habitat to our children.”
Vice President M Venkaih Naidu appealed people to take a firm pledge to protect nature & environment by saving energy, water, reducing the use of disposable plastics, promoting reusable materials, planting saplings & reducing dependence on fossil fuels by adopting renewables.