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World Environment Day

World Environment Day

World Environment Day (WED) was introduced by the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and has been celebrated every year since 1974 to raise global awareness on the state of the environment and to take action around the world to protect our planet's nature and biodiversity.

June 5th is World Environment Day. As organizations, industries, governments and individuals across the world are stepping up to develop toward our sustainable future, ALPLA celebrates its commitment and actions to a clean environment by organizing nature clean-ups across all our regions and countries. Many ALPLA employees have already come together to collect littered waste during the last weeks, and many plants have planned clean-up events in the upcoming days. We want to thank everyone participating in this enormous nature clean-up!

While global efforts are being driven toward a circular economy to eliminate environmental pollution, in parallel major reduction efforts in existing environmental pollution are needed. For this reason, ALPLA has donated a considerable amount to The Great Bubble Barrier and continues it support as a Gold Partner of the Waste Free Oceans initiative. The Great Bubble Barrier is a river waste clean-up solution to collect waste before it enters our oceans. Waste Free Oceans partners with fishermen and plastic recyclers to collect ocean plastic and turn it into recycled material.

This year's WED theme is "We can't stop breathing. But we can do something about the quality of our air." 9 out of 10 people in the world breathe polluted air, living in places that fall below the World Health Organization's guideline limits. Air pollution is the single largest environmentally related global health risk of our time, with approximately 6.5 million deaths per year from stroke, chronic respiratory disease, lung cancer, and heart attacks. Air pollution also fundamentally alters our climate, with profound impacts on the planet's health.

As a business and as individuals we can make decisions every day to reduce air pollution. There is a factsheet from UN Environment that provides information on how to contribute to air pollution reductions at work or at home.

Have a happy World Environment Day!