It’s #WorldEnvironmentDay and the theme for this year is #BeatAirPollution - urging people to "be part of the solution, not part of the pollution". But while many of us agree air quality needs to improve, we struggle for practical ways to do it.
While cities including London, Paris, Madrid and Oslo have taken steps to ban or discourage car use, the broader discourse on pollution tends to focus more on what policymakers can do and less on what can be done at the individual level.
On #WorldEnvironmentDay, here are five areas in which we can combat pollution as individuals on a daily basis.
Cutting down on meat and dairy products can reduce methane emissions released into the air. At the same time, reducing food waste and planting vegetables in your garden can also help improve air quality.
Improving how your household manages waste by working to produce less of it or repurpose it is vital for lowering polluting emissions. This can help to improve air quality by lessening the need for landfill sites and water incinerators, while fostering a more sustainable economic model for the future.
The World Economic Forum has collaborated with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation for a number of years to accelerate the circular economy, by embracing the need to recover, recycle, repurpose, refurbish, repair, refuse, rethink, reduce, reuse and remanufacture waste.