World Environment Day is June 5. Have you taken the Mask Challenge?

We can all take action to beat air pollution. Here's how.

Nine out of ten people breathe polluted air. From 24 May, through to #WorldEnvironmentDay on June 5, UN Environment is calling on everyone to join the Mask Challenge. Face masks are a great symbol to show leaders we want to breathe clean air. Alongside celebrities, influencers and creators, the World Environment Day campaign invites everyone to:

1. Decide what action you are going to take to #BeatAirPollution.

Here are some examples:

  • Use public transport or car sharing, cycle or walk
  • Switch to a hybrid or electric vehicle and request electric taxis
  • Turn off the car engine when stationary
  • Reduce your consumption of meat and dairy to help cut methane emissions
  • Compost organic food items and recycle non-organic trash
  • Switch to high-efficiency home heating systems and equipment
  • Save energy: turn off lights and electronics when not in use 
  • Choose non-toxic paints and furnishings

2. Make a pledge and challenge others to take action - May 24th–June 4th

  • Take a photo or video of yourself wearing a mask to post on social media.
  • Don't have a mask? Get creative and make your own!
  • In your post share the action you’ll take to reduce air pollution.
  • Tag 3 people/organizations/ companies to challenge them to do the same.
  • Use #WorldEnvironmentDay and #BeatAirPollution in your social media posts and don’t forget to tag @UNEnvironment.

3. On World Environment Day, June 5th,  show how you have fulfilled your pledge!

Take another photo or video of yourself fulfilling your commitment and post it on social media.

Use #WorldEnvironmentDay and #BeatAirPollution in your social media posts and don’t forget to tag @UNEnvironment. 

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