Jenna Ladd | December 11, 2017
This week’s On The Radio segment discusses how the United Nations released an anthology with suggested methods for reducing pollution worldwide.
Transcript: As global pollution increases, action is needed now more than ever.
This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.
United Nations Environment Programme recently released The Executive Director’s Report: Towards A Pollution-Free Planet, an anthology that pulls environmental data from every continent and suggests general methods for reducing pollution globally.
The report suggests that nobody is free from the effects of global pollution. Around one in four deaths globally are caused by environmental degradation, and governments must take action to reduce pollution in all its forms if they want to reduce the negative side effects of a damaged environment.
Every aspect of global environmental damage must be examined and monitored, from waste disposal to the burning of fossil fuels. The people most effected by pollution are working class laborers in cities, since around 80% of big cities internationally do not meet the UN standards for clean air.
Children, elderly and other vulnerable populations are disproportionately affected by air pollution.
The statistics are sobering, but the report suggests that with better government control and a serious approach to pollution, we can all work together to better the environment and our health.
For more information, visit iowa-environmental-focus-dot-org.
From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Betsy Stone.