This World Health Day, the World Health Organization is focusing on ways to clean our air, water, and food. In the midst of a polluted planet and climate change, people around the world are experiencing the impact. The WHO estimates that more than 13 million deaths around the world each year are due to avoidable environmental causes. Together we must work towards creating a healthier tomorrow for ourselves and for the planet! Here are a few ways you can keep yourself and the planet healthy!
When choosing a mode of transportation why not opt for walking, cycling, or using public transportation when you can. Not only does this help to improve air quality by reducing carbon emissions made car exhaust but it also increases physical activity.
Consumption and Shopping
In current state of the plastic pollution in the world, making small conscious efforts to reduce plastic waste is important. One way to help is to utilize reusable bags when shopping. Another easy swap is switching to a reusable water bottle like our favorite, Swift 32oz Stainless Steel Bottle. It’s perfect for filling up on-the-go.!
Try to buy your groceries from local producers when the option is available. This supports smaller businesses and cuts down on the carbon footprint of transporting goods. Additionally, reducing your meat consumption during the week can also cut down greenhouse gas emissions.
If you are currently a cigarette smoker, now might be a good time as ever to quit the habit! 600 million trees are chopped down yearly to create cigarettes, which decreases the clean air we breathe. Smoking also impacts many aspects of your body, including your physical endurance. When exercising you body receives less oxygen to your heart, lungs, and muscles.
For more information on ways to continue the movement towards a healthier tomorrow, visit www.who.int.