In commemoration of World Environment Day 2019, Provo Water Company purchased trees from TCI Department of Agriculture and embarked on a fruit tree planting exercise in schools across the country; aimed at raising the awareness of children in protecting their environment.
The plants were purchased from North Caicos via The Department of Agriculture and delivered to schools across Providenciales, that included Enid Capron, Ianthe Pratt, Richmond Hill Preparatory, Long Bay High School, The International School, Wesley Methodist High School and Clement Howell High School.
World Environment Day is promoted by the United Nations to encourage worldwide awareness and action to protect the environment. Since it began in 1974, the event has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries. Above all, World Environment Day is the “people’s day” for doing something to take care of the Earth. That “something” can be local, national or global. It can be a solo action or involve a crowd. Everyone is free to choose.
AIR POLLUTION FACTS
Approximately 7 million people worldwide die prematurely each year from air pollution, with about 4 million of these deaths occurring in Asia-Pacific. World Environment Day 2019 will urge governments, industry, communities, and individuals to come together to explore renewable energy and green technologies, and improve air quality in cities and regions across the world.
• 92 per cent of people worldwide do not breathe clean air
• Air pollution costs the global economy $5 trillion every year in welfare costs
• Ground-level ozone pollution is expected to reduce staple crop yields by 26 per cent by 2030