Commend the World Bank for Fighting Air Pollution

World Bank Air Pollution

Target: World Bank President Jim Yong Kim

Goal: Commend World Bank’s new actions to combat air pollution

The World Bank is most known for its stated mission of eradicating poverty through loans to developing nations, but recently it has taken steps to expand its impact through “aggressive action” to help those nations fight pollution as well. Because a large amount of World Bank funding goes to sectors of the economy that directly impact greenhouse gas emissions, the bank sees an opportunity to help the environment as well as the world’s poor. The recent policy shift means that all funding for those sectors in the future would contain a pollution-fighting component.

The vice president of sustainable development at the World Bank has said that “anything that delays the pace at which global warming is arriving buys time for our clients, the poor countries in the  world.” This is why the World Bank will take action to reduce the emissions of harmful greenhouse gases including methane from farming, carbon from public transportation, and soot from wood-burning stoves. In addition to boosting crop growth and public health in developing nations, these steps will also help to reduce the impact of global warming.

The World Bank deserves to be commended for recognizing the importance of fighting climate change and making efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries. Not only will these actions help the health and growth of these nations by protecting people and crops from pollution, but they will also help the global community by reducing the harmful impact of greenhouse gases. Please sign the petition below to thank World Bank president Jim Yong Kim for his institution’s anti-pollution stance.


Dear Mr. Kim,

Recently, your institution announced a policy shift that will focus on reducing air pollution in developing nations. This is an important change because it not only benefits these nations by protecting public health and crop yields, but it also benefits the global community as a whole by curbing the impact of harmful greenhouse gas emissions. The World Bank deserves to be commended for recognizing its role in helping poor nations to become more productive and efficient.

Few organizations and institutions have the ability to impact the growth of developing countries to the extent that the World Bank can. That’s why it is so important that you recognize your influence and the responsibility that comes with it. Thank you for ensuring that the economies of these nations are both growing and green.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: World Bank Photo Collection via Flickr

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