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Join the WHO in breathing life back into our cities

The World Health Organization (WHO) together with the Climate & Clean Air Coalition have launched a new global campaign to raise awareness of the impact of air pollution on health and the planet, and to build a network of citizens, leaders, and health professionals to leverage change in communities.

At the second WHO Global Conference on Health and Climate in which HEAL recently participated, the WHO used this opportunity to introduce its new global campaign Breathe Life, with the Climate & Clean Air Coalition and the Government of Norway.

As air pollution causes one in eight deaths worldwide and is the largest single environmental health crisis we face, the campaign aims to raise awareness about the health risks of short-lived climate pollutants, which contribute significantly to climate change and air pollution.

The campaign has identified nearly 20 ways to clear the air, many of which can have large and immediate benefits to both our health and our climate. It advocates action in key sectors such as transport, energy and housing, and in homes as well as cities, to reduce sources of climate-harmful air pollutants, such as black carbon (soot), ozone and methane.

Are you interested in knowing what you can do to help speed solutions, increase air pollution monitoring, engage our leaders, and change our everyday habits? Visit the Breath Life campaign to find out more!

Originally posted on 27 July 2016

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