Text: Trude B-J Margel
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World Environment Day, June 5th
The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) annually organizes events for World Environment Day, which encourages worldwide awareness and actions for the protection of the environment. It is celebrated in over 100 countries and in 2019, China will host the global World Environment Day celebrations with the theme, Air Pollution. UNEP works with governments, the private sector, civil society and with other UN entities and international organizations worldwide. The first step is to understand what is happening and how each of us individually and collectively can make a significant difference
Did you know:
- 92 % of the world's population live with air pollution
- Air pollution costs the global economy more than 5 trillion dollars annually in welfare costs, according to The World Bank
- Ground level ozone pollution will reduce agricultural output by over 26 % by 2030
- On average, each person emits 4.9 tons of CO2 annually
These are dismaying statistics from the UNEP, which encourages each of us to work harder to form both global and national partnerships as well as individual initiatives to care for our environment. Together, we can improve the quality of all life, without compromising future generations.
World Oceans Day, June 8th
Our oceans regulate our climate, providing food to millions of people and produce our oxygen. The sea is home to an incredible number of wonderful species and organisms and it provides us with medicines and knowledge that can contribute to future solutions for our increasingly populated world.
Having polluted our oceans with plastic for decades, international players, with the United Nations at the forefront, have invested significant effort in reducing our single-use plastic consumption and littering. Many countries are in the process of passing bans on single-use plastic, large chains are reducing their plastic consumption and many of us are involved in volunteer cleaning actions along our beaches and in nature in general. We recycle more than ever before, and we have begun to truly understand the extent of what our litter is doing to our oceans and what we can do to reduce it.
Pollution from plastic is a serious threat to marine life. Did you know:
- That it takes a very long time for plastic to decompose – a plastic bottle takes up to 450 years
- Plastic accounts for only 10 % of the world's total amount of waste, but accounts for the bulk of marine litter, precisely because the decomposition process takes so long
- 70 % of plastic litter drops to the bottom of our oceans. 15 % of the plastic floats on the sea surface. 15 % is washed ashore on the beaches, but 70 % sinks and drifts with the ocean currents or collects at the ocean floor
The severity of our pollution will have, as yet untold repercussions to our own health. When animals and fish eat plastic and microplastics, their health is alarmingly affected, and as these move further up the food chain, ending up with us humans, the threat to our health and those of our future generations is still not determined, according to researchers.
Partnerships for the goals
The 17th goal among the UN's Sustainable Development Goals calls for cooperation, joining forces to improve conditions for all life. In total the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) consist of 17 goals and 169 sub-goals that will help eradicate poverty, combat inequality and stop climate change by 2030.
What you can do?
- Change your perspective - encourage individuals to think about our environment and what it means to all of us, with the goal of preserving our planet for present and future generations
- Learn more - read about nature, our wildlife, our marine life and habitats and how our daily actions affect them
- Change your habits – even the smallest sustainable changes to your daily habits will make a difference when you encourage family and friends to make changes together
- Mark important world days in your calendar - no matter where you live, you are connected to the environment and to our oceans. Take the time to think about what you can do to share important inspiration!
At Cinderella Eco Group, we work with environmentally friendly and sustainable development. We produce incineration toilets that do not consume water and can therefore replace the flush toilet, where a typical family of four flushes over 450 liters of water a week. The only output from our incineration toilets is a handful of ash, free of dangerous pathogens and bacteria. The air emissions from our incineration process is free of noxious gases.
We are committed to creating solutions that contribute to a cleaner, greener and safer world for the generations that come after us and for all life on earth and in the sea. Read more about our engagement