Awareness Campaign- World Environment Day
Date: 5th June, 2019
Location: Ogun, Nigeria (Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta: FUNAAB)
Number of people in attendance for In-person Campaign: ~Fifteen
Number of people engaged in Online Campaign: 40 Volunteers
According to a report by the UN environment programme 92 percent of people worldwide do not breathe clean air.
The theme for World Environment Day 2019 was Air pollution with an objective to:
- Push and stimulate global action to save millions of lives against air pollution
- Showcase innovation and progress toward a cleaner environment.
World Environment Day celebrated annually on the 5th of June is the UN flagship day for encouraging global awareness and action— in a bid to protect our environment. Since it began years ago, the event has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.
U-recycle Initiative Nigeria joined various organisations around the world to register events on the UN platform to be a part of the commemoration as it addresses some of the SDGs we are focused on; SDGs 13- Climate action and SDGs 15- Life on Land.
The theme for World Environment Day 2019 was “AIR POLLUTION”. Air pollution is a Global Health Emergency. Approximately 90% of people worldwide breathe polluted air causing nearly 7 million premature deaths annually.
This Awareness Campaign launched our second chapter at Abeokuta which is located in Ogun State, Nigeria. The activities to commemorate this day included taking pledges to beat air pollution, group drawing and painting of the World Environment Day logo, group pictures with placards highlighting what air pollution is and its effects. This was showcased through an awareness walk around the school premises.
The Celebration of this day provided us with an opportunity to broaden awareness on the need for responsible actions by individuals and communities toward preserving the environment- for man and biodiversity. Also, influencing a mindset shift in rethinking and eliminating detrimental actions such as burning of waste to reduce air pollution and its contribution to global warming and its effect on human health and the health of our planet.
In addition to the above, we organized an online campaign,
We heard about the Online #MaskChallenge organized by the UN to raise awareness about the need to address air pollution, so we mobilized forty of our volunteers to participate in the Challenge which was focused on sending a strong, loud, resounding message to Nigerians about the need to conserve the environment and the urgent need to #BeatAirPollution
We also used this medium to highlight the intersection between Air Pollution, Burning of Waste and Recycling
It has been discovered that one way to #beatairpollution is by Recycling. When we recycle our waste we reduce the possibilities of open burning of waste, especially plastic waste which when burned releases dangerous chemicals such as hydrochloric acid, sulfur dioxide, dioxins, furans, and heavy metals, as well as particulates. These emissions are known to cause respiratory ailments and stress human immune systems, and they’re potentially carcinogenic.