A STAGGERING 92% of the world's population does not breathe clean air.
An environmentalist, Egbemuyiwa Olatunji, yesterday, identified photocopiers, candles, air fresheners and insecticides as "killer agents" which contain substances harmful to human respiratory system. "More and more people are having to deal with the awful health impacts and they've had enough - they're rising up and demanding solutions", said Greenpeace International Executive Director Jennifer Morgan.
It added the country's progress in renewable energy was "dismal".
The 2019 global theme was: "Beat Air Pollution", while the day was marked locally on the theme: "Clean air; our lifeline and shared responsibility".
She said air pollution affected all, stressing that no one had a choice with regard to air for breathing, unlike the choice not to drink from polluted water sources.
The transport sector is growing faster than any other climate emissions source, with the world's vehicle fleet predicted to triple by 2050.
Each year, World Environment Day is celebrated on 5 June to encourage action, to promote awareness and to organize events for the protection of our environment.
Mrs Bawumia, an ambassador for Cook Clean Alliance, an organisation championing the usage of environmentally friendly and healthy fuel, said 70 per cent of Ghanaians cooked with solid fuel such as charcoal and that the toxins from those solid fuels were affecting the health of particularly women and girls who often did the cooking.
Also a new global study, State of Global Air 2019 (SOGA2019), affirmed that air pollution is the fifth highest cause of death among all health risks, ranking below smoking, insisting that each year, more people die from air pollution related disease than from accidents or malaria.
Joyce Msuya, Acting Executive Director, UNEP, shared a message from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that underscores the global costs of air pollution, estimated at Dollars 5 trillion annually. He highlighted that the report reflects progress on air quality achieved with government leadership, business participation and citizen inclusion, adding that, while significant progress has been made on reducing air pollution, there is still a "tremendous challenge" to be addressed.
Greenpeace has called on governments around the world to phase out existing coal-fired power plants and to transition away from petrol, diesel and conventional hybrid cars as quickly as possible.