#BeatAirPollution is the theme of this year’s World Environment Day, sponsored by the United Nations. Concerned citizens, scientists, students, activists, businesses and governments around the world are planning high-visibility activities to use media and social media as awareness-building tools. People in many countries have already pledged to participate in a “mask challenge,” for example, wearing face masks to demonstrate the growing negative effects of air pollution. Others worldwide have pledged to walk or ride bicycles to work instead of driving cars. The ultimate goal, of course, is for all of these stakeholder groups to work together to stop environmental damage and undo the damage we’ve done where possible.

Nine out of ten people around the world breathe polluted air, according to a UN World Health Organization report, and seven million people die each year from air pollution. We hope you’re joining us today to learn more about what we as global citizens can do to improve the environment

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