World Environment Day calls for energy efficiency

World Environment Day this week called upon people around the world to cut their carbon emissions.

The United Nations Environment Programme is this year campaigning for people to Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon Economy.

Individuals, businesses, countries and communities are being advised to reduce their carbon footprint through increasing energy efficiency as a means of tackling climate change.

Events across the globe will be highlighting the resources and initiatives that facilitate a low carbon lifestyle, the use of renewable energy, forest conservation and environmentally-friendly consumerism.

"Mitigating climate change, eradicating poverty and promoting economic and political stability all demand the same solution: we must kick the carbon habit," said UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon.

Established in 1972, World Environment Day was inaugurated as part of the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment.

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