It wouldn’t be accurate to say that today the world “celebrates” World Environment Day because the news is so grim. From 7 million people killed every year by air pollution and soaring deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon to the global climate crisis, there’s more worry than celebration.
But change starts with awareness:
- Amnesty International frames today from the perspective of “environmental human rights defenders.” It affectingly profiles 7 environmental activists who have been killed or threatened for standing up for their communities. In their courage, you’ll find hope.
- Awkward moment: Today’s host country for WED is… China. Despite noting unprecedented pollution fueled by decades of astounding economic growth and acknowledging that Beijing has “become almost synonymous with air pollution,” the UN says China has made “significant strides” against pollution.
- Not to be outdone, India has “14 of the world’s 15 most polluted cities,” according to the WED website. In Bengaluru, a coalition of health professionals and researchers, launched their own air quality monitoring efforts—following the measure first, then solve paradigm.
Want to celebrate anyways? See National Geographic’s amazing earth photos