Unmask My City is a global initiative by doctors, nurses, public health practitioners, and allied healthcare professionals dedicated to improving air quality and reducing emissions in our cities. It calls for all cities to meet the World Health Organization’s air quality guidelines and to adopt policies and programmes that will put cities on a path towards meeting this objective.
The global initiative is coordinated by the Global Climate and Health Alliance together with HEAL in Europe (The Health and Environment Alliance), Health Care Without Harm, the US Climate and Health Alliance, and the UK Health Alliance for Climate Change. We are connecting with local health partners and their communities to promote practical solutions and create tangible city level policy changes that drive a clear, downward global trend in urban air pollution by 2030. This will save millions of lives, improve health outcomes for billions of people, and make a huge contribution to greenhouse gas reductions needed to keep the world safe from climate change crises.
Following the launch today, European city campaigns are being rolled out in Warsaw, Poland (13 May), in Adana, Istanbul and Hatay, Turkey (15 May); in Belgrade, Serbia (4 May) and in London by UK Health Alliance for Climate Change. Other launches include Salt Lake City, US; Chennai and Ahmedabad, India; Sao Paulo, Brazil.
More information from the Unmask my City campaign is on the website http://unmaskmycity.org/en/
To download the press release from HEAL, to which IPCRG is a signatory go here.
Please share. Useful hashtags:
#UnmaskMyCity, #WorldAsthmaDay, #EndCoal, #AirPollution and #CleanAir.
Global Climate and Health Alliance (GCHA): @GCHAlliance
Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL): @HealthandEnv
Health Care Without Harm Global: @HCWHGlobal
Healthy Energy Initiative: @healthyenergyi
UK Health Alliance on Climate Change: @UKHealthClimate
The US Climate & Health Alliance: @USCHAlliance
Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME): @CPME_EUROPA
International Association of Mutual Benefit Societies (AIM): @AIM_Healthcare
European Respiratory Society (ERS): @ERSTalk
European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI): @EAACI_HQ
European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA): @EFA_Patients
European Lung Foundation (ELF): @EuropeanLung
Remember to share tweets us: International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG): @IPCRG
Indoor air pollution
Remember, of course, that indoor air pollution remains a huge threat to health in low and middle income countries too. Go to our FRESH AIR website to find out more about our work to address indoor air pollution through implementation of the best science here.
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Other World Asthma Day initiatives supported by the IPCRG: