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Beating Air Pollution for World Environment Day and Beyond

05 June 2019   (0 Comments)

This year’s World Environment Day is themed around one of the most significant environmental challenges that we face – air pollution. For World Environment Day (5th June) and beyond, the Society is asking people to get involved to help #BeatAirPollution, including listening to the air pollution-themed first podcast of our new series. 


The Society is supporting the global #BeatAirPollution campaign to encourage awareness of the dangers of air pollution as well as action to help tackle it. As part of the campaign, today the Society is launching the first podcast of their new series ‘Interviews with Environmental Professionals’. 

The series will see Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and Registered Environmental Technician (REnvTech) registrants discussing their backgrounds, careers, future ambitions, with podcasts released on the first Wednesday of each month. Fittingly, the guest for this podcast will be Professor Jim Longhurst HonFSE CEnv, Professor of Environmental Science at the University of the West of England (UWE), with a primary academic research interest in air quality and carbon management. This first podcast is available to listen via a number of podcast providers – you can visit the Society’s website to listen today and subscribe: socenv.org.uk/ Podcast

World Environment Day promotes environmental awareness and sustainability across the globe – a United Nations initiative held annually on the 5th June. It has highlighted important global issues since its origins in 1974 – including climate change, marine pollution and wildlife crime. This year’s global theme focuses on the blight of air pollution using the hashtag #BeatAirPollution across social media. 

The Society has been championing World Environment Day for a number of years, and yesterday (4th June) held its annual World Environment Day Awards and Lectures event at Kew Gardens. The hugely successful event, attended by more than 100 people, included experts providing insight into key environmental topics including air pollution. 

Dougal Driver CEnv, Vice Chair of the Society for the Environment, said: 

“World Environment Day is an important marquee day for the sector, providing fantastic opportunities to bring global and widespread attention to the challenges we face – with air pollution certainly among them. This year it was reported by the UN that approximately seven million people worldwide die prematurely each year from air pollution. The Society is therefore proud to play a big part in the campaign to tackle air pollution. 

In addition to listening to and sharing our World Environment Day podcast, I urge you to get involved by sharing your good practice case studies for tackling air pollution, examples of which can be found on our website: socenv.org.uk/AirPollution. Here you can also utilise resources from our partners, Clean Air Day, to help awareness of the dangers of air pollution in your local community and access tips for spreading the word on social media. Remember that the fight to tackle air pollution doesn’t stop with World Environment Day - it’s important that we keep up the momentum and work together to make real impact.”


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