YEAR OF AIR POLLUTION & HEALTH 2019
What Is the Year of Air Pollution & Health?
We are taking a full year to celebrate progress in reducing pollution in the air we breathe and highlight remaining obstacles to healthy air for all. Each month, we will spotlight the lifesaving importance of healthy air, focusing on different themes such as how air pollution harms health, who is at risk and ways to take action to protect our communities—especially in light of the challenge of climate change.
View previous months' themes:
February: "Who Bears the Burden of Air Pollution?"
While everyone's health is at risk from breathing polluted air, some people are especially at risk of experiencing air pollution's harmful health impacts. These groups of people include:
- Children and teenagers
- Pregnant women
- Older adults
- People with lung diseases such as asthma or COPD
- People with a cardiovascular disease or diabetes
- People who have lower incomes
- Some communities of color
- People who work or exercise outdoors
- People who live or work near busy highways
- Additional groups are at greater risk from the health impacts of climate change, including people with disabilities, who face additional challenges from extreme weather events.
There are steps you can take to help safeguard your health from air pollution. Here is a list of 10 Tips to protect yourself from unhealthy air.
What Can You Do to Help Protect Healthy Air for All?
Everyone deserves to breathe healthy air that won't make them sick. Please take a moment to fill out our quick survey and let us know why healthy air is important to you. If you breathe air, we want to hear from you!Take our survey
- National Tribal Air Association's annual Status of Tribal Air Report
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)'s Coal Blooded report
- The American Public Health Association's and the Public Health Institute's report Climate Change, Health and Equity: A Guide for Local Health Departments
- The American Lung Association's Disparities in the Impact of Air Pollution page
- The American Lung Association's Luchando por el Aire: The Burden of Asthma on Hispanics Report (available in English and Spanish)
- The American Lung Association's Children and Air Pollution page
- The American Lung Association's Living Near Highways and Air Pollution page
- The American Lung Association's State of the Air report
- The American Thoracic Society's Health of the Air report
Films and Videos
- American Lung Association's The Latest Science on Climate Change, Air Pollution, and Health webinar
- American Public Health Association's Climate Changes Health Equity webinar
Year At-A-Glance Calendar
View and share our monthly topics in the Year of Air Pollution & Health. Download PDF
Official Year of Air Pollution & Health Partner Organizations
If your health or medical organization is interested in collaborating with the Year of Air Pollution & Health, please send a message with appropriate contact information so we can follow up: [email protected].