Wednesday 5th June marks the World Environment Day for 2019. This year World Environment Day will be hosted in China with the UN’s focus for the day on air pollution. Worldwide, around 7 million people die prematurely from air pollution every year, with around 4 million of those deaths occurring in the Asia-Pacific region.
World Environment day will focus on urging governments, industry, communities, and individuals to join together to explore renewable energy and green technologies as well as improving air quality in cities and regions across the world.
Plastic Production is Contributing Towards Air Pollution
A report published by the Centre for Internation Environmental Law has shown that plastic is a significant contributor towards the greenhouse gas effect. Through its full lifecycle from production to its refining and its management as a waste product.
The report states that “at current levels, greenhouse gas emissions from the plastic lifecycle threaten the ability of the global community to keep global temperature rise below 1.5C’. In fact, amongst the suggestions of the report authors is that the production of single-use plastic should be stopped ‘immediately.”
Plastic contributes to greenhouse gas emissions at every stage of its lifecycle, from its production to its refining and the way it is managed as a waste product. This plastic binge threatens attempts to meet the Paris climate agreement. It means that by 2050 plastic will be responsible for up to 13% of the total “carbon budget” – equivalent to 615 coal-fired power plants.
Our beautiful planet and environment is under threat and it is imperative that we tackle this. According to this report, the proliferation of single-use plastic around the world is accelerating climate change. In order to protect our planet, we must eliminate single-use plastics.
Helping Protect Africa’s Wildlands with African Wildlife Foundation
As part of AWF’s multi-faceted approach, protecting Africa’s wildlands from pollution is a big priority within their overall mission. AWF work with local communities in a variety of ways to help reduce climate change from Africa.
They work with communities to introduce climate-smart agriculture as well as working on sustainable energy solutions. Working with rural-scale farmers they aim to introduce new, sustainable farming techniques aimed to reduce climate impacts, maximise soil health and produce higher crop yields.
Water-to-Go in Partnership with AWF
We have partnered with the African Wildlife Foundation, creating limited edition AWF branded filter water bottles. For every purchase of the special edition bottles, a £10 donation will be made to AWF, helping protect Africa’s natural environments and the habitats of the continent’s wildlife. Click here to get yourself a bottle and help ensure wildlife and wildlands thrive in modern Africa.
For more information about Water-to-Go and how you can protect the planet and do your bit for the environment, check out our website.