How air pollution impacts your body
Our latest video explains the ways air pollution can affect our bodies.
The Walk Home
This video explores how easily children can be confronted with the dangers of air pollution on a simple walk home from school.
Health & Climate Impacts Explainer video
Our first explainer video uses recent WHO data to highlight the startling health and climate impacts of air pollution while showcasing the many types of solutions that can be implemented to curb air pollution and help save millions of lives each year.
Clean Cookstove Video (Nepali)
In Nepal every year, household air pollution caused by cooking over smokey, traditional stoves and fuels kills about 23,000 people. This includes some 1,400 children under the age of five. Using a clean stove protects your health and makes cooking safer, faster and easier.
Sorajiro: Clear the Air
“Sorajiro” and his friends are iconic in Japan and are extremely popular with young children. UN Environment worked with Nippon TV to adapt these characters for North America to promote environmental awareness to tweens (aged 8 – 12 years) – an important new audience.
#SolveDifferent: Empower Women
International Women’s Day, March 8, 2019. Today’s environmental challenges need all of us, not half of us. Women and children are disproportionately affected by household air pollution. In this video our heroine finds solutions for her family and the whole community.
Clean air, healthy future – BreatheLife for healthy people and planet
#RickyKejLIVE: Ricky Kej featuring Alexis D’Souza performance at PROTO Village, India
9/10 children breathe polluted air and 600,000 children die every year due to air pollution! This is a song from our children, asking us for their most basic right, “LET US BREATHE!” and to make this world a better place for them. Created as an anthem for the BreatheLife campaign by WHO, UNE, CCAC and World Bank.
BreatheLife Concert: Ricky Kej featuring Lonnie Park live in Vizag, India
Performance in Vishakapatnam, India to an audience of 88,000 people, and at UB City Bengaluru, India to an audience of 1,000 people.
BreatheBengaluru: Bengaluru joins the BreatheLife campaign
Mayor of Bengaluru, Gangambike Mallikarjun, announces the city is joining the BreatheLife campaign to reduce air pollution.
Pollution Pods – Experiencing air pollution
Interactive art pieces, known as Pollution Pods, were recently brought to Madrid for the UN Climate Conference. Made up of five distinct domes, visitors can experience air pollution levels in Norway, London, New Delhi, Beijing and São Paulo. The interactive experience is part of the UNEP BreatheLife campaign, which works with governments around the world to raise awareness and take action on air pollution.
BreatheLife Barranquilla, Columbia
In 2018, Barranquilla made headlines for a plan to plant 250,000 trees over five years through its $100,000 million “Siembra Barranquilla” programme. They have so far planted more than 34,000 trees, and this is part of a broader plan to achieve the third interim target under the WHO’s air quality guidelines.
BreatheLife Bengaluru, India
The state government of Bengaluru has declared that half of all government-run vehicles in Bengaluru would be converted to electric by 2019. This is part of the government’s effort to make Bengaluru the Electric Vehicle Capital of India, which serves as a response to the fact that air pollution emerged as an election issue for the first time ever in 2019. Then, the two main national parties dedicated one paragraph to pollution in each of their manifestos.
BreatheLife Mexico City
From 2008 to 2016, Mexico City introduced a host of new policies and projects to promote non-motorised transport. A bike-share system, ECOBICI, brought segregated bike lanes and massive bike hubs. In eight years of operation, ECOBICI has accumulated over 265,000 registered users with over 35,000 daily trips. Bicycle trips in the city have increased 500 percent.
According to The Guardian, “people don’t shout in Pontevedra – or they shout less”. They also note that there are “no revving engines or honking horns, no metallic snarl of motorbikes or the roar of people trying make themselves heard above the din”. This is because Pontevedra pedestrianised all 300,000 sq m of its medieval centre in 1999. They stopped cars crossing the city and got rid of street parking, as people looking for a place to park is what causes the most congestion. They closed all surface car parks in the city centre and opened underground ones and others on the periphery, with 1,686 free places.
South Korea is the only country that makes it mandatory to install power-generating systems for public and private buildings that will be built from 2020. The solar-powered RoRen House complex was built by a government consortium and is the country’s first “zero-energy housing pilot complex”.
Accra, the youthful, multicultural capital of Ghana, joined the BreatheLife campaign in 2018 and committed to bring air pollution to safe levels by 2030. As part of its commitment, the city of 2 million people is supporting outreach in some of the city’s worst hit communities to reduce waste burning and promote green space development.