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World Environment Day: June 5, 2015
World Environment Day (WED) was created by the United Nations to raise global awareness and promote action for the environment. The theme for WED 2015 is “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.” Raising environmental awareness is important because, according to WED, “By 2050, if current consumption and production patterns remain the same and with a rising population expected to reach 9.6 billion, we will need three planets to sustain our ways of living and consumption.” If we want to live in a sustainable environment, it’s imperative that we take action now and be proactive in preserving our futures.
Clean Air Initiatives
At the Lung Institute, we are particularly passionate about reducing air pollution in order to promote better lung health and function. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIH) has studied the effects of air pollution over the past 30 years and concluded that it is significantly associated with the development of respiratory diseases. The Lung Institute is involved with several clean air initiatives throughout the year, and we just recently threw an event to raise awareness about air quality in April of 2015. At the event, the Lung Institute handed out reusable water bottles, desk plants and facts about air quality. The Lung Institute also participated in Tampa’s Clean Air Fair in May of 2015.
Supporters of WED
This year, the Lung Institute is going to take part in the WED initiative, Seven Billion Dreams. Many people from all around the world, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Suzanna Owiyo, Jack Johnson, Ian Somerhalder and more are taking the pledge to help the environment and to make the world a better place. Mr. DiCaprio shared his thoughts regarding WED, “Overconsumption of food is detrimental to our health and the environment. Land degradation, declining soil fertility, unsustainable water use, overfishing and marine environment degradation are all lessening the ability of the natural resource base to supply food. #WorldEnvironmentDay is less than three weeks away. What’s #just1thing that you can do on #WED2015 to fight overconsumption and food waste?”
The Lung Institute Takes Action
WED has become the biggest day for positive environmental action. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon states, “Although individual decisions may seem small in the face of global threats and trends, when billions of people join forces in common purpose, we can make a tremendous difference.” After much consideration, the Lung Institute has decided to implement a recycling program in their office in honor of WED. They hope that this program will raise awareness among employees and look forward to reducing the amount of waste in local landfills. The truth, as stated by Mr. Ki-Moon, is that if we all do our part, together we can make a big difference.
How will you celebrate this WED? What will you do to raise awareness and protect our environment?
We are passionate about making the world a better place because it helps our patients who suffer from debilitating lung diseases. Cleaner air means that we all breathe easier. If you or a loved one suffers from lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help. Please contact one of our patient coordinators today by calling (800) 729-3065 to see if you qualify for stem cell therapy.