Source: World Health Organisation, 2016, Geneva
An estimated 12.6 million people died as a result of living or working in an unhealthy environment in 2012 – nearly 1 in 4 of total global deaths, according to new estimates from WHO. Environmental risk factors, such as air, water and soil pollution, chemical exposures, climate change, and ultraviolet radiation, contribute to more than 100 diseases and injuries.
Solutions are available right now such as sustainable buildings which produce reduced or zero emissions. Power and heat to buildings are responsible for 39% of all emissions. Producing less emission or zero emission buildings is easy and cost effective but developers choose not to focus on this as the public does not recognise it as a priority.
If it is important to the public, it will be important to developers, and the Local and National Government. Helping people can be more than putting money in a charity box. As local decision makers, your voice matters, don’t be silent. If you want to stop unnecessary deaths then let’s talk about how to reduce emissions. It makes no sense how we can ignore 12.6 million avoidable deaths.