Did you know that 99% of people globally breathe unsafe air that’s so polluted, it breaches World Health Organisation limits.
Air pollution is a hidden threat, claiming more than seven million lives a year.
Our vision is a world where people can run, move and play freely – without the risk of severe health impacts from air pollution. So we’re on a mission to ensure the future of sport by securing access to clean air for everyone.
We need you – our communities – to raise your voices and campaign for change.
We’re calling for local and national governments and civil society to take action. They need to meet air quality guidelines set by the World Health Organization while monitoring and reducing air pollution globally.
Air pollution is caused by particles of gas suspended in the air. The particles come from range of sources, including vehicles, factories, agriculture and wildfires. And there’s also indoor air pollution from dust, dirt and gas.
Air pollution impacts health in many ways, such as inflammation, immunosuppression and cell mutation. Eventually, it can also result in heart diseases, lung cancer, respiratory diseases and strokes. Overall, air pollution is associated with a massive eight million premature deaths a year.
As well as being harmful to human health, air pollution also significantly impacts the planet. Many of the causes of pollution are linked to greenhouse gas emissions – a major cause of climate change.
So it couldn’t be more clear: cleaner air benefits all.
Lots of policies can result in reduced air pollution, from ones that support sustainable land use, cleaner household energy and transport and power generation, to industry and better waste management.
That’s why we’re asking governments to urgently agree to set more stringent targets for monitoring pollution levels and assessing mitigation methods.
The World Health Organization guidelines recommend air quality levels for six pollutants: particulate matter, ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide. These help inform policymakers and guide legislation and policies to reduce the impacts of air pollution.
We want to show local and national governments the level of demand – from their own communities – for access to clean air. Your name and location will be used to show your support.