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It’s time to work together to build a better future with #CleanAirForAll

On this first International Day of Clean Air for blue skies, it’s time to reflect and reinvigorate our resolve and ambitions for #CleanAirForAll.

In the lead up to the first #WorldCleanAirDay, we're featuring updates from United Nations System, from partners and from others helping to call attention to the severe detrimental impacts of air pollution on human health, climate, biodiversity and ecosystems, and quality of life in general.

 

Ghana observes first International Day of Clean Air for blue skies

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The Environment Minister of Ghana, Prof. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng has assured Ghanaians of the government's work to drastically reduce air pollution-related deaths and sicknesses in the country.

Speaking during a virtual forum to mark the very first observance of an International Day of Clean Air for blue skies, he said the situation of air pollution-related illnesses is troubling and there is the need for all to work together to stem the tide.

 

Read more here.

Artist Red Velvet call for #CeanAirForAll

What: Red Velvet, a globally well-known Korean pop artist and UN Development Programme Goodwill Ambassador, features in this video clip to raise public awareness in tackling air pollution and climate change.

Red Velvet and future generations call for small changes in our everyday lives to fulfil our promise to keep clean air and blue skies.

Listen to the voices of future generations around the world who take climate actions for a better tomorrow!

A clean cooking solution for clean air

 

What: How can 3 billion people living in underdeveloped nations breathe cleaner air? Project Surya investigates reliable and sustainable cooking stoves to bring a social intervention that can give women the clean cooking solution they need. Here is how it works.

If you have a solution like this to share, use #CleanAirBharat and #WorldCleanAirDay to tell us about it.

Find more information here and here.

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Director's message on #WorldCleanAirDay

 

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What are health professionals doing to achieve Clean Air for blue skies?

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The theme of the first International Day of Clean Air for blue skies is "Clean Air for All" and it invites us all to consider how we can change our everyday lives to reduce the amount of air pollution we produce. Through the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) Air Health Train the Trainer Program, health professionals from low- and middle-income countries in every world region have been working to address how we can change our everyday lives to reduce the amount of air pollution we produce. After completing an online training, participants in the program became trainers, educating their students, colleagues, patients, communities and governments about the health effects of air pollution and advocating for measures to reduce exposure to pollutants.

Read more.

Our healthy city of tomorrow – #CleanAirForAll

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The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) has called for decisive clean air measures for many years, and for this Clean Air Day, we present four tangible demands that could greatly improve air quality and people's health in cities as well as contribute to climate action.

Read the full story here.

IIT Ropar's Solution to Stubble Burning

What: Flights diverted, schools shut, people wearing masks - North India saw all this and more with air pollution last year. Instead of blaming farmers, an alternative comes from IIT Ropar in the form of a stubble removal machine. Find out whether a farming revolution can help solve the problem of stubble burning and help us achieve #CleanAirForAll.

If you have a solution like this to share, use #CleanAirBharat #WorldCleanAirDay to tell us about it.

C40, Quezon city establish partnership to advance air quality management efforts in Quezon City

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C40 and the Quezon City Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together in implementing solutions towards reducing air pollution in the city.

Read more here.

#CleanAirForAll: How air pollution impacts vegetation

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Air pollution can have a negative impact on vegetation. Tropospheric (ground-level) ozone is considered one of the most damaging phytotoxic air pollutants. Ozone is a secondary air pollutant and a greenhouse gas. It is produced from reactions between the primary air pollutants nitrogen oxides (sources: transport and industry) and volatile organic compounds (sources: petrol, natural gas, paints, certain tree species) during warm and sunny weather. Surface ozone concentrations vary around the world. While in recent years, ozone levels have become more stable in Europe and have declined in North America, levels in rapidly developing regions continue to rise. Ozone is a transboundary pollutant, meaning that precursors can travel far from their point of production before ozone is formed. Ozone concentrations can be particularly high in rural areas downwind of cities.

Read more here.

Quezon city to develop 161 kms of bike lanes as part of its recovery program

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As part of its commitment to sustainable recovery and the global clean air initiative, the Quezon City government announced in June that it would develop a network of bike lanes totalling 161 km throughout the city.

Read the full story here.

Bogotá and Rio de Janeiro join global pledge to ensure clean air for millions

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Bogotá and Rio de Janeiro join 35 other cities committed to the C40 Clean Air Cities Declaration, which presents a shared vision of clean air for all, saving thousands of lives and benefitting a total population of 150 million.

Read the full story here.

Clean air innovation initiative launched by Mexican Authorities and Environmental Defense Fund

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A new collaborative effort aimed to harness the transformative power of new technologies to give people knowledge for tackling air pollution in the Mexican capital was announced today by the Mexico City Government, the Megalopolis Environmental Commission and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). The announcement is in conjunction with today’s ‘International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies,’ organized by the United Nations.

Read more.

Clean air could be a strong economic boost for India

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The lockdown has shown us how quickly the air could be cleaned up if major pollution sources are controlled. While India develops its economic recovery plans, it is essential to include measures to reduce air pollution. @julianpopov in @htTweets #CleanAirForAll

Read the full story here.

Bicycles: a solution to the challenges of the post-COVID-19 recovery?

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Many local and national governments have announced measures to support a low-carbon, sustainable recovery, from hundreds of miles of new bike lanes in Milan and Mexico City to widening pavements and pedestrianizing neighbourhoods in New York and Seattle.

Read more here.

Regional Conversation on Air Pollution in Asia-Pacific

 

In conjunction with the commemoration of the First International Day of Clean Air for blue skies, this Regional Conversation will increase the awareness about the health and climate impacts from air pollution and provide a platform for strengthening regional solidarity as well as political momentum for action against air pollution and climate change.

Opening remarks:

  • Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • H.E. Mr. Lee Wook-heon, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Thailand

High-level panel:

  • Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Executive Secretary of ESCAP
  • Mr. Malik Amin Aslam, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Climate Change and Federal Minister, Pakistan
  • Mr. Satya Tripathi, Assistant Secretary-General, UNEP
  • Mr. Glenn Pearce-Oroz, Director of International Relations and Special Projects at Sustainable Energy for All

Intervention:

  • Remarks by Dr. Pem Namgyal, Director, Programme Management, on behalf of Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Regional Office

Moderators:

  • Ms. Dechen Tsering, UNEP Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific
  • Mr. Stefanos Fotiou, Director, Environment and Development Division, ESCAP

Patricia Espinosa: Climate change and air pollution are linked

 

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After Covid-19, let's go back to clean air

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As we celebrate #CleanAirForAll, we are reminded that the lockdown was an important reminder of the value of clean air and proof that it’s still possible to achieve.

Read the full story here.

WEF president joins the global call for #CleanAirForAll

 

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C40 Cities joins the call for #CleanAirForAll

 

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Mayor of London calls for #CleanAirForAll

 

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Scientists talk about air pollution and opportunities for action on UN Clean Air for blue skies day

 

What: Scientists from the informal advisory group of the first International Day of Clean Air for blue skies discuss air pollution and opportunities for action. 

WHO video series on air pollution and health

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What: The video library is an open collection of expert knowledge and dialogues communicating the work and experience of air pollution experts. The experts interviewed have conducted many years of investigations into the relationship between reduced air pollution and improved health. The video library includes key definitions and observations for anyone wishing to better understand air pollution and health issues. These videos are especially useful for policymakers, researchers, scientists, health workers, students, and citizen scientists.

Click here for the video library.

WHO Director calls for #CleanAirForAll

 

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Blue-sky thinking needed for a green and just recovery in cities

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Walking and cycling increase everyone’s access to essential services, boost public health and safety, and slash #pollution driving both local disease and the global #climate emergency, writes Milan Mayor @BeppeSala on #WorldCleanAirDay #CleanAirForAll

Read the full story here.

Blue sky thinking: tackling air pollution to increase ambition for the climate change agenda

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As the global community prepares to mark the first International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies, countries of all income and development levels are demonstrating that a focus on local air pollution can raise ambition needed to address global climate change.

Read the full story here.

Join the UNHQ, New York commemoration of the Day

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What: Join the official virtual commemoration of the International Day of Clean Air for blue skies at the United Nations Headquarters, New York.

Speakers

  • H.E. Mr Sveinung Rotevatn, President of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) and Minister of Climate and Environment of Norway
  • Ms Beatriz Cardenas, Air Quality Manager, WRI Mexico
  • Mr Bryan Duncan, Research Physical Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
  • Ms Agnes Soares da Silva, Advisor Environmental Epidemiology,
  • Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Ms Sonika Manandhar, Co-Founder & CTO of Aeloi Technologies

Moderator

  • Mr Satya S. Tripathi, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Head of New York Office, UN Environment Programme

When: 8 September 2020; 09:00 - 10:30 EST

Join here.

38 South Asian Cities Pledge to Fight Air Pollution to mark UN Day of Clean Air for blue skies

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Thirty-eight mayors and city representatives from six countries in South Asia – Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives – have called for greater action to improve air quality, on the occasion of the United Nations’ first International Day of Clean Air for blue skies on September 7, 2020.

Read the full story here.

Actions to help achieve #CleanAirForAll

 

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Achieving Africa’s development in a way that limits air pollution and climate change

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As the world celebrates the first International Day of Clean Air for blue skies, a new assessment is being developed to illustrate how Africa can achieve key development goals, provide clean air for its people, and help the global fight against climate change. The assessment aims to inform decision making for sustainable economic development in Africa.

Read the full story here.

UNEP GWA Lucas di Grassi joins #ClearTheAir challenge

 

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Clean air – time to celebrate or accelerate?

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As we celebrate the first International Day of Clean Air for blue skies on 7 September 2020, it is time to reflect. How big a problem is air pollution today? What is happening to reduce harmful emissions that pollute our air, our climate, our lungs? Are we on track with reductions? Are we saving human lives through our actions?

Read the full story here.

Report launch: The State of Global Air Quality Funding 2020

The State of Global Air Quality Funding 2020 provides an analysis of global Official Development Finance and foundation funding flows towards outdoor air quality initiatives between 2015 and 2019. Its aim is to identify gaps in funding and opportunities for strategic investment and collaboration to deliver clean air for all.

Read the full report launched by the Clean Air Fund on the first International Day of Clean Air for blue skies.

As bushfire season approaches in the midst of a health pandemic, reducing Australia’s air pollution has never been this urgent

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Today is the very first International Day for Clean Air. Environmental lawyer Bronya Lipski shares this piece as new reports show the alarming health burden from unregulated air pollutants in Australia.

Read the full piece here.

UNEP GWA Antoinette Taus joins #ClearTheAir challenge

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

⚠️ Air pollution causes 7 million premature deaths each year—affecting our health, and also impacting the climate, ecosystems, biodiversity & food production.⚠️ ⁣⁣ Join us in taking @UNEP’s #ClearTheAir challenge to commemorate the first-ever #WorldCleanAirDay and together let’s pledge our own sustainable lifestyle changes to help achieve #CleanAirForAll.💨🌏 CLEAN THE AIR FILTER LINK IN MY BIO >> l.ead.me/ctaig in order to help #ClearTheAir, I, Antoinette Taus, pledge to: ♻️avoid waste and single-use plastics, 🍅eat more plant-based meals, 🌳keep planting trees to create more green spaces. What actions will you take?🤗 _________________ 📲 STEP 1 Head to this link in my bio (l.ead.me/ctaig) to experience @UNEP’s 360° AR filter to pledge for sustainable lifestyle changes to help achieve #CleanAirForAll and take #ClimateAction. 📸 STEP 2 Post your photo/video & share the actions you’ll take to help reduce air pollution! #️⃣ STEP 3 Use the hashtags #ClearTheAir & #CleanAirForAll, & tag @UNEP. Then tag & challenge your family, friends and social network to do the same! _________________ LEARN MORE >> www.cleanairblueskies.org ANIMATION >> by @MeshMinds _________________

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D(air) to dream of a cleaner future for your city

LED screen

In 2019, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) made recommendations for Kazakhstan to improve how it raises awareness on air pollution and alerts the public of high pollution levels, including by involving citizen science. Since, 49 LED screens have lit up across Almaty, displaying air quality data drawing from citizens.

Read the full story here.

European Environmental Bureau joins #CleanAirForAll conversation

 

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World Athletics supports UNEP in its mission to #ClearTheAir

 

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WHO launches video series on air pollution and health

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What: Videos tackle burning questions on air pollution and health in short, pithy interviews with experts, government officials, researchers and WHO staff from around the world.

Read the full story here.

Town Hall: Collective Action to Clear up Chennai’s Air

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What: Harmful air quality has often highlighted Chennai's air pollution problem. This International Day of Clean Air for blue skies, we're hosting a Town Hall discussion with elected city representatives, experts, and concerned students. It will focus on how we can work towards achieving clean air and better health for Chennai. Ultimately aiming for a #CleanAirBharat.

Guests:

  • Dr. Kalanidhi Veeraswamy, MP Chennai North (DMK)
  • Dr. Thamizhachi Thangapandian, MP Chennai South (DMK)
  • Dr R Natraj, MLA, Mylapore (AIADMK)
  • Thiru Varun Subramaniam, Environment Wing from Naam Tamilar Katchi
  • Thiru Vaniyarasu, Deputy General Secretary from Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi
  • Dr Vishvaja Sambath, Chennai Climate Action Group
  • Dr Hisamuddin Papa, Doctors for Clean Air
  • Thiru R. Srinivasan, Kabaddi Coach, North Chennai
  •  Students from North Chennai

Moderated by Archanaa Seeker, Researcher and Writer

Join here.

Official Opening of the first International Day of Clean Air for blue skies by the Republic of Korea

 

What: Join the Official Opening of the 1st Blue Skies Day by the Republic of Korea.

It will mainly feature:

1. Commemorative Speech (Video Message) by H.E. Moon Jae-in, President of the Republic of Korea

2. Video Message by António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres, UN Secretary-General

City sessions: Keeping Clean Air and blue skies

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What: Agra, the city of Taj Mahal has a massive pollution problem. What are the steps being taken to curb it and how can we collectively fight it further? We find out in this City Session with decision makers and experts with the goal to achieve #CleanAirForAll

Guests:

  • Mr Nikhil Tikaram Funde, Municipal Commissioner, Nagar Nigam Agra
  • Dr Pratima Singh, Research Scientist, Lead Air Pollution at CSTEP
  • Mr Chandra Bhushan, President & CEO iFOREST
  • Mr Manish Mittal, District Forest Officer, Agra

Moderated by Ms Shamita Harsh, Digital Producer, Pluc

When: 7 September 2020; 15:00 IST

Join here.

Conversations with Clean Air Champions

 

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Reliability matters: Achieving affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030

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The big question: Why haven’t clean cooking interventions been successful in cleaning the air inside households, even after decades of effort? Most of those who need cleaner cooking live under the poverty threshold, there is a chronic overall lack of funding for the clean cooking sector and low levels of access to affordable solutions.

Read more here.

Universal Health Coverage is Clean Air for All

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For the inaugural International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies on September 7, 2020, the One by One: Target 2030 campaign is highlighting clean air as a necessity to achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

Contributing to over 7 million premature deaths every year, the burden of air pollution on healthcare systems threatens any achievement towards effective UHC. While air pollution is the largest environmental risk to public health globally, it is a solvable problem.

Read more here.

Inconsistent, unreliable and of limited utility: Australia’s air pollution data condemned by experts, ignored by regulators

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Double standards, legal loopholes and ‘unexplained’ errors in Australia’s air pollution data are preventing communities from accessing reliable information about the poor quality air they’re breathing.

Read the full story here.

Press release: First International Day for Clean Air calls for decisive global action to beat air pollution

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Nairobi, 7 September 2020 - With extreme air pollution events on the rise, global efforts to reduce pollution and its effects will receive an advocacy boost when, for the first time ever, the world marks the International Day of Clean Air for blue skies on 7 September.

Adopted by a UN General Assembly Resolution in 2019, the International Day of Clean Air for blue skies – whose observance is facilitated by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) – stresses the importance of and urgent need to raise public awareness at all levels and to promote and facilitate actions to improve air quality. The Republic of Korea led global efforts to create this new International Day of Clean Air for blue skies and will host an event to start celebrations.

Read the full press release here.

Planet Unplugged: Join the UNEP HQ commemoration of the Day

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Join us for this Planet Unplugged dialogue among experts and government representatives on policy and actions to tackle air pollution and mark the first year of celebrations and pave the way for enhanced global awareness and leadership for air quality globally and exchange practical and actionable solutions and strategies.

Speakers:

  • Inger Andersen, Executive Director, UNEP
  • Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO
  • H.E. Dr Cho Myung-Rae, Minister of Environment, Republic of Korea
  • Dr Maria Neira, Director, Public Health, Environment and Social Determinants of Health Department, WHO
  • Wanjiku Manyara, General Manager, Petroleum Institute of East Africa

Moderator:

  • Helena Molin Valdes, Head of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition Secretariat

Watch a recording of the event here.

Cow dung proves ‘green gold’ for the women of Kolda, Senegal

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In the Kolda area in southern Senegal, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is helping to reduce air pollution and improve productivity by installing biodigesters. With a capacity of 18 cubic metres and built-in cereal and vegetable-processing units, these devices are managed by local women’s groups and can transform cow dung into a safe, environmentally-friendly cooking gas and organic fertilizer.

Read the full story here.

What’s in a Question? Finding Innovative Solutions for Air Pollution

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What: We know that air pollution is a big problem – for health, climate, food security and more. But there’s a difference between generally knowing that “we need to do something” and actually marshalling the allies, resources and power to act. Before we jump into seeking answers with big data, we need to focus on the questions that can make a difference. Our new initiative calls on the air quality and data community to join us in building a new science of questions for clean air and more.

Read more here.

WRI launches global competition to advance #CleanAirForAll

Design briefWhat: The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) Student Design Awards, in partnership with the Circular Design Lab and the World Resources Institute (WRI) Ross Center for Sustainable cities, launches a global competition for designs that advance #CleanAirforAll.

Download the brief here, take it to your classrooms and friends, and apply your creativity to solve this important sustainable development challenge.

Cities, regions and countries celebrate clean air successes on first International Day of Clean Air for blue skies

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Leaders and governments describe their experiences with tackling health and climate challenges through clean air action in cities, regions and countries as the world marks the first International Day of Clean Air for blue skies.

Read the full story here.

WHO Director-General message on the first International Day of Clean Air for blue skies

 

In a message to mark the first International Day of Clean Air for blue skies, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus calls on the world to rethink how societies, cities, transportation, food and energy are organised. Against climate change, air pollution, social and economic inequalities and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, he indicates the need for the world to build back better. 

"As we stand at this pivotal crossroads, let’s make the choice for clean air and blue skies. It is within our reach."

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UN SG address on the first International Day of Clean Air for blue skies

 

On 7 September 2020, for the first time ever, the world will join together to mark the UN's International Day of Clean Air for blue skies. The theme for 2020 is "Clean Air for All".

UN Secretary-General António Guterres outlines why air pollution is a preventable risk. He calls for us all to work together to build a better future with clean air for ever.

"As we recover from the coronavirus pandemic, the world needs to pay far greater attention to air pollution, which also increases the risks associated with COVID-19."

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UNEP ED message on the first International Day of Clean Air for blue skies

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Visualise air pollution through Augmented Reality

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What: Visualise the air quality in India using AiR, an Android-based mobile application. AiR considers the air quality measured by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), in a locality that is detected by the users’ GPS or in a locality of users’ choice, and visualizes various air pollutants present in the locality and displays them in the users’ surroundings. AiR also creates awareness in an interactive manner about the different pollutants, sources, and their impacts on health. The app can be used to view air pollutants across 220 stations in India.

Find more information here.

Building back better: why we must address air pollution to tackle public health and climate change

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What: This webinar is part of the UN’s International Day of Clean Air for blue skies and draws on the experiences of a wide range of experts who will explore how to address the air pollution problem in a holistic way, and through multiple approaches. The webinar will host an expert panel to explore the links between air pollution, health, COVID-19 recovery and climate mitigation, and discuss holistic solutions to address these issues.

The webinar will be chaired by Dr Johan C.I. Kuylenstierna, Air Pollution Research Leader, Stockholm Environment Institute.

When: 7 September 2020; 15:00 -16:30 BST. Register here.

Find more information here.

Air Pollution, NCDs and COVID-19: Challenges and Opportunities for a Healthy Recovery

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What: Addressing air pollution is one of Trinidad and Tobago’s (T&T) priorities. In 2019, at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York, T&T committed to updating its Air Pollution Rules, 2014 to meet the World Health Organization (WHO) air quality guidelines interim target 3 for PM2.5 by the end of 2025. The country has deployed and strengthened a nationwide Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Network (AAQMN) that produces publicly available real-time air quality information. In June 2020, T&T joined the Breathe Life campaign to showcase its actions and raise awareness among its citizens, being the first Caribbean country to join the network.

To commemorate the UN International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies, T&T has partnered with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to prepare a webinar session to discuss the challenges and opportunities for public health, air quality and NCDs amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the goals for a healthy recovery strategy.

When: 7 September 2020 ; 10:00am - 12:00pm AST. Register here.

Film Screening: Unbreathable: The Fight for Healthy Air

 

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What: Unbreathable: The Fight for Healthy Air is a timely, powerful look at fifty years of the United States Clean Air Act and the challenges we still face to ensure healthy air for everyone. Weaving historical milestones with current-day stories of environmental injustice, the film is an excellent tool for education and community engagement.

Watch the film now.

Digital Art Show: Clean Air for blue skies

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What: A digital art show by curated by Selva Ozelli in observance of the International Day of Clean Air for blue skies. The show includes paintings of the seas, trees, flowers which are efficient carbon sinks– that alleviate carbon dioxide pollution. It also includes paintings of urbanization, wildfires which enhance carbon dioxide pollution that create adverse health effects including COVID-19, global warming and diminishment of biodiversity. The artists include:

  • Semine Hazar – Lighthouse in a Storm, Sunset
  • Gunay Isemova – Morning Haze
  • Fatma Kadir – Lonely Tree 1 & 2
  • Selva Ozelli – Heartbreak Weather – Inertia in the Face of Wildfires, Wildfires in the Time of Corona
  • Resul Uzay Rzayev – Silhouette, Glacier
  • Ilhan Sayin – Geranium in the Haze, Pink Breath of Spring

Watch the art show here .

Selva Ozelli curated this art show based on her series of articles on digital technology adoption, solar energy and tax policies in the jurisdictions with the greatest carbon emissions. The group art show, as well as her article series, have been published by the World’s first climate change museum “Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change - Hong Kong” in addition to more than 90 other museums as well as more than 100 other publications around the world.

Join the Clear the Air challenge!

 

Click here to experience UNEP's 360° AR filter which encourages you to pledge & make sustainable lifestyle changes, helping to achieve 'Clean Air for All' and take climate action. 

Share your video to your social media account, telling the world the different actions you will take to clear the air.

Be sure to use the hashtags #ClearTheAir, #CleanAirForAll & #WorldCleanAirDay, and tag @UNEP.

Then tag and challenge your family, friends and social networks to do the same!

Take action to #ClearTheAir

 

On 1 September, UNEP launched ‘Clear the Air’ in the build-up to and in support of the first #WorldCleanAirDay.

'Clear the Air’ raises awareness about the impact of air pollution on peoples' health and the health of their environment and economies, as well as to promote individual solutions to improve air quality in their surroundings.

Click over common household objects in your home to learn more about how individuals, families and communities can help improve air quality.

What action will you take to #ClearTheAir?

Share them on social media with the hashtags, #ClearTheAir and #CleanAirForAll and be sure to tag @UNEP. 

Op-ed: Curbing air pollution from ships in the Mediterranean

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Under COVID-19 lockdowns, many took to the internet to enthuse about clean air and blue skies. The confined masses shared pictures of wild animals roaming in deserted cities, including a photo purporting to show dolphins in the canals of Venice. Some of those photos may have been inaccurate or outright fake, but the enthusiasm signalled a longing for a healthy environment.

In the search for the pandemic’s silver lining, there may be a temptation to accept that healing the environment comes with plunging millions into joblessness as economies grind to a halt. We must reject this notion because the health of nature and the wellbeing of humans go hand in hand. Over the last few months, UNEP has repeatedly called upon governments to build back greener. UNEP’s Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP/MAP)—which works to underpin the implementation of the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean (Barcelona Convention) by 21 Mediterranean countries and the European Union—has called for a green renaissance in Mare Nostrum. As the region continues to grapple with a set of intertwined crises, which now includes the coronavirus pandemic, the journey to a green recovery may begin with relatively small steps.

Read the full Op-ed here.

Message from head of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe ahead of the International Day of Clean Air for blue skies

Olga Algayerova

While COVID-19-related disruptions may have impacted people’s mobility and slowed cross-border movements of people and goods this year, pollution knows no travel restrictions. Air pollutants, travelling through our atmosphere, can harm people and the environment even thousands of kilometres from their point of emissions.

Air pollution has been dubbed the ‘invisible killer’, responsible for a staggering 7 million deaths per year, according to the World Health Organization – more than from Malaria, Tuberculosis and AIDS combined. As we find out more about COVID-19, some scientists also suggest that people who live in polluted areas might be more susceptible to develop severe symptoms.

Read the full Op-ed here.

Olga Algayerova is the United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). She previously served as Permanent Representative of Slovakia to the International Organizations in Vienna, Austria (2012-2017); President, Slovak Millennium Development Goals (2010-2012); State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2006-2010) and Corporate Export Manager, Zentiva International (2004-2006).