International Day of Clean Air for blue skies 2020


 

International Day of Clean Air for blue skies

 

On 7 September, the Day was observed the world over. South Korea organised the starting the celebrations.

The main concerns were public awareness and decisive actions to improve air quality.

It is a seasonal event. In parts of Asia, winter air pollution poses serious threats to health, and economic activities.

Areas that are prey to summer wildfires live in suffocating haze.

Some 7 million people are known to die prematurely. Plants and ecosystems are also adversely impacted.

It is estimated that over 50 million tonnes of crops are loss due to ozone pollution.

Some of the pollutants act as greenhouse gases exacerbating climate change.

Covid-19 lockdowns demonstrated the clearing of skies not known for decades.

Concerted action will save millions of lives and billions of dollars.