In 2019, the UN Environment has launched the #BeatAirPollution challenge, whose main objective is to reduce air pollution as it has been representing one of the main environmental problems in recent time. As this International Organization emphasizes: “The air pollution may seem complex, but we can all do our part to reduce some of it”. In this way, it’s important to understand the different types of pollution, and how they affect our health and environment.
In the agriculture field, there are two major sources of air pollution: livestock, which produces methane and ammonia, and agricultural waste burning. For example, methane emissions contribute to ground-level ozone, which causes asthma and other respiratory illnesses. On the other hand, open waste burning and organic waste in landfills release harmful dioxins, furans, methane, and black carbon into the atmosphere. Globally, an estimated 40% of waste is openly burned.
Moreover, in many countries, energy production is a leading source of air pollution. Coal-burning power plants are a major contributor. In households, the main source of air pollution is the indoor burning of fossil fuels, wood or other biomass-based fuels used to cook, heat and provide electricity.
Regarding air pollution, it is impossible not to consider as well the global transport sector as one of the main sources of contamination which accounts for almost one-quarter of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions (and continuously rising).
For all the reasons, the UN Environment strong appeal people around the world to join the “Mask challenge ”, a symbol to show world leaders that everyone wants to breath a fresh and healthy air. Additional actions might also be carried out within this challenge like avoiding the car utilisation, reducing meat consumption, or saving energy. Moreover, the UN Environment is launching a digital campaign on their social networks, where users are invited to post a photo or video with them showing how they contribute with different activities to this environment commitment.
In Vertech Group, we will be part of this challenge, please check out our different social media channels and stay tuned to know how all our team is carrying out this challenge! #GoGreenerDoBetter #BeatAirPollution