WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

Pledge to #BeatAirPollution

Countless people across the globe took action on World Environment Day to #BeatAirPollution – from marching through the streets to demand action from local leaders, planting trees, doing the #MaskChallenge, or simply speaking to fellow community members about air pollution, and what we can do about it.

Climate Reality Leaders and volunteers from across Africa joined in on the action, and took a stand to add their voice to the call for the human right to breathe clean air.

Below are some of the actions that took place, listing countries in alphabetical order.

Botswana

Gaborone

Pato Kelesitse, Climate Reality Leader and member of the Resilient 40, together with local radio personality Lerato Modiega, hosted a tree planting activity at Marulamantsi Junior Community School. Together with students and teachers, they planted two indigenous trees that were donated by Sanitas Nursery.

Pato also spoke to the students about the causes and impacts of air pollution, and how individuals can take action to #BeatAirPollution, and be part of the solution.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Kinshasa

Eco-activist and Coordinator of Collectif des Eco-activistes pour l’environnement, Maurice Mwaiyanga participated in a march to #BeatAirPollution. The Collectif des Eco-activistes pour l’environnement marched through the streets of Kinshasa, and used World Environment Day to call on local government, parliament, industries, and the general public to all take urgent and ambitious action to stop the silent killer – air pollution.

Read the full memorandum in French here.

Kenya

Nairobi

Food security advocate and blogger, Mercy Limbua, participated in a tree planting event organised by NEMA Kenya. She emphasises that if we must achieve food security, we must also mitigate climate change, and planting trees was a special way to celebrate both.

Climate activist Duncan Okowa together with his 9-year old son Chris, make their pledge to take action to #BeatAirPollution. Duncan says that him and his son made the pledge, as Chris was concerned about air pollution being the silent killer that puts kids like him at risk.

Nigeria

Abuja

African Climate Reality Project’s West Africa Regional Coordinator and Director of the Global Initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem Preservation, Mike Terungwa, joined students of the University of Abuja in marching for climate justice, calling on government to implement a National Air Quality Standard in order to #BeatAirPollution.

Edo State

Climate Reality Leader and founder of Bridge That Gap Initiative, Gloria Bulus attended and featured in the panel discussion at the Edo State Climate Summit 2019. The summit, which was organised by Connected Advocacy in partnership with several other organisations, was held under the theme of ‘The role of government and non-state actors in co-creating strategic mitigation and adaptive reforms to tackle climate change and air pollution’.

Port Harcourt

The Prime Initiative for Green Development (PIGD) in collaboration with the Climate & Sustainable Development Network of Nigeria (CSDevNet) hosted a town hall meeting on the environmental and human health impacts of black soot and air pollution in the region.

South Africa

Johannesburg

The African Climate Reality Project team got together with our friends and host organisation Food & Trees for Africa to make our pledge to #BeatAirPollution – for the people, for the planet. Watch this video to see our pledges, and for some of the latest facts on air pollution from the World Health Organisation.

African Climate Reality Project Branch Manager, Gillian Hamilton, and Climate Reality Leader Lorraine Jenks, both gave presentations on World Environment Day at the SOS Climate Change Seminar. The goal of the seminar was to bring bright minds together to foster learning, inspiration and provoke conversations towards finding solutions towards everyday climate and environmental problems.

Pretoria

Climate activist Manasse Bimuala took the climate action to the Union Buildings on World Environment Day to raise awareness about air pollution. Manasse is an electrical engineer, and aims to share his knowledge about the dangers of coal fired power stations for our climate, environment, and health; and advocates for the just transition to renewable energy.

Cape Town

Climate Reality Leaders in Cape Town teamed up with The Rotary District 9350 Environmental Sustainability Committee, and hosted a “sold out” workshop on World Environmental Day, that focused on the major threat the Climate Crisis poses to our planet. Read the full story here.

Uganda

Kampala

Fridays For Future Uganda celebrated World Environment Day in full swing, starting the day off with tree planting with trees donated by African Climate Reality Project’s East Africa Regional Coordinator and Director of Green Climate Campaign Africa, Tim Mugerwa. The Climate Strikers then hosted a youth dialogue on Air Pollution and Children, with high school pupils and university students from the surrounding area. Read the full story here. 

Leaf and Learn – a startup environmental organisation aimed at environmental education and advocacy within schools and universities – took action for World Environment Day by educating Kingstone High School pupils about the dangers of air pollution, and what they can do about it.

Nkugwa Rose of Leaf and Learn says: “As a way of us showing our commitment to #BeatAirPollution for World Environment Day, we planted trees since trees are carbon sinks.”

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