To raise awareness about the vital work done by environmental health workers and encourage people to donate towards the perseverance of the environment; World Environmental Health Day is commemorated on 26 September every year.
The significance of the environmental health workforce must be emphasized, especially after the Covid-19 pandemic, adding notable importance to this day.
Every year, the occasion is marked under a special theme and this time World Environment Health Day focuses on ‘Strengthening Environmental Health Systems for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.’
The International Federation of Environmental Health (IFEH) founded World Environmental Health Day on September 26, 2011. Since then, it has been celebrated annually. IFEH came into existence in 1986, and its headquarters is in London. It is a body of 44 members that aims to raise cognition regarding the health of our environment.
This day encourages people to contribute towards the safety and security of the environment and to recognize the work done by environmental health workers across the globe.
On this day several organisations and institutes organise symposiums, conferences, and other events to raise awareness of Environmental health.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), healthier environments can control one-quarter of the global burden of disease. A healthy environment is protected by prerequisites like clean air, sanitation, hygiene, a stable climate, adequate water, protection from radiation, safe use of chemicals, healthy and safe workplaces, sound agricultural practices, and a preserved nature. World Environmental Health Day provides the world with an opportunity to ponder the issues of environmental health and their solutions.
‘Strengthening Environmental Health Systems for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.’
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were embraced by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, rescue the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people will enjoy peace and prosperity in life.
The 17 SDGs are integrated, and they recognise that development must balance social, economic, and environmental sustainability while tackling climate change and working to preserve our environment.
Environmental health plays a pivotal role in implementing the SDGs as it fits into seven SDGs, 19 targets, and 30 indicators of the SDGs.