What do we need for healthier people and a healthy planet? A ZERO POLLUTION ambition!
Either through the air we breathe, the water we drink or the land we grow our food on, pollution affects everybody. Did you know that it is actually the largest environmental cause of multiple mental and physical diseases, as well as of premature deaths? (especially among children, people with certain medical conditions and the elderly). And unfortunately, it is very unjust too, because pollution does not affect everybody equally since the contaminated sites and areas with very high flow of traffic, tend to be in deprived areas.
As if it would not be enough, pollution is also one of the main reasons for the loss of biodiversity. It reduces the ability of ecosystems to provide services such as carbon sequestration and decontamination. So, if it affects our health, our food, our water, and our ecosystems, wouldn’t be about time to do start doing something?
Well, that is the goal of the EU Action Plan toward a Zero Pollution Ambition! To create a toxic-free environment across the EU by better monitoring and, reporting, and by preventing and remedying pollution from air, water, soil, and consumer products.
Then you cannot miss the upcoming European Green Week 2021, dedicated to the ‘zero pollution ambition’ and to looking into other relevant European Green Deal initiatives, such as the climate initiatives, the upcoming Chemicals Strategy, as well as initiatives in the fields of energy, industry, mobility, agriculture, fisheries, health and biodiversity.
- On May 31st, you can participate in the Opening Event, to be broadcasted from Lahti, Finland.
- On June 1-4th, you can assist the Virtual High Level Conference.
- And from May 3rd to June 13th, you can check out all the partner events around Europe.
It is time to engage and work together to make the ambition for a zero pollution and toxic-free environment a reality!
Join the #EUGreenWeek!