A recent news release from the World Health Organization delivers some sobering data on the literal death toll a polluted environment can deal to children.
“More than 1 in 4 deaths of children under 5 years of age are attributable to unhealthy environments. Every year, environmental risks – such as indoor and outdoor air pollution, second-hand smoke, unsafe water, lack of sanitation, and inadequate hygiene – take the lives of 1.7 million children under 5 years”
Pretty staggering to say the least.
It’s also old news that has, unfortunately over time, progressively gotten worse. It should be no grand mystery that our propensity to pollute our environment is having an adverse effect on our children’s development or life spans. There is hope though.
By developing and following SDG’s (Sustainable Development Goals) countries are coming up with standards that can universally be followed showing positive results.
“Under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) countries are working on a set of targets to guide interventions for children’s environmental health, as well as to end preventable deaths of newborns and children under five by 2030.”