Air Pollution Causes Early Death of 7 Million People: Antonio Guterres
By Sadman Sad
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says an estimated 7.0 million people die early each year due to air pollution. He said this in a message on September 07, 2020, on International Clean Air Day for the first time.
Calling for a better future with the blue sky, Guterres said, “Air pollution is causing heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, and other respiratory diseases, which pose a serious threat to the economy, food security, and the environment.”
“After recovering from the coronavirus pandemic, the world needs to pay more attention to preventing air pollution,” he said.
Nine out of every ten people worldwide are breathing polluted air. An estimated 7.0 million people die untimely every year due to air pollution. Most of them are mainly from low and middle-income countries.
September 7 (Monday) is the first day to celebrate Clean Air Day for the blue sky. The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) recognizes the need to take the initiative to observe the day internationally every year, emphasizing the importance of clean air for human health and daily life.
Ref: Green Page