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World Food Program: 4 key actions undertaken to reduce air pollution

By 2050, climate change could cause a 20% increase in hunger and malnutrition. Among other factors, air pollution is one of the main causes of climate change and harms plants, animals and people. The United Nations International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies invites everyone to take action to reduce air pollution and bring about a transformative change in our lifestyles. The World Food Program (WFP) declares that small actions can help change the world. For this reason, there are 4 things WFP is doing to ensure this change.

First, the smoke produced by cooking with wood or charcoal on traditional stoves causes respiratory diseases, which are responsible for more premature deaths worldwide each year from malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS combined. For this reason, in 2020, WFP provided 1.2 million people with innovative ways to reduce the potential health impact of air pollution caused by cooking food. Secondly, road transport accounts for 74% of global CO2 emissions, which is why making passenger and heavy fleets greener is a key priority for WFP.

Third, the global aviation industry produces about 2% of all human-induced CO2 emissions, since the beginning of its mission, WFP has used air transport to bring food and humanitarian workers to the most remote places in the world. The WFP Aviation Service environmental program establishes a clear vision for continuing to measure, report and reduce emissions, promote the use of alternative fuel, improve efficiency, optimize aircraft use and explore carbon offsetting options. Finally, WFP is committed to environmentally friendly operations: WFP engineers are present in all of their global operations and, when possible, propose cost-effective greenhouse gas reductions. This includes the incorporation of energy efficient equipment and renewable energy systems that save thousands of tons of emissions per year.


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