This year, for the second time, on September 7 is the International Day of Clean Air for the Blue Sky. It is a holiday established by the United Nations in December 2019 and celebrated for the first time in 2020. The theme of this year’s celebrations is “Healthy Air, Healthy Planet”. This day draws attention to the problem of smog and air pollution. It also raises public awareness and highlights the link between a healthy air and a healthy planet. It shows that clean air is important for health, productivity, economy and the environment.
Air pollution is the greatest environmental threat to public health in the world. The UN Secretary General, in a special message on the occasion of the International Day of Clean Air for the Blue Sky, calls on all states to improve its quality. He points out that today as many as nine out of ten people breathe polluted air. This situation contributes to an estimated 7 million premature deaths each year, including 600,000 children. If we do not take decisive action, this number could double by 2050.
It is an extremely important postulate. The air we breathe is our common good. So let us act to purify it. This will allow us to build a better future, protect people and our planet.