Year of Air Pollution & Health | American Lung Association

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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:

April: "State of the Air"

May: Asthma, Allergies, and Climate Change

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, and this month during the Year of Air Pollution & Health the focus is on how climate change impacts individuals with asthma and allergies. Worsening air quality and longer, more potent allergy seasons due to climate change threatens everyone's health, but those with asthma and allergies are at even greater risk.

Events in May

  • May 23 at 4:30 p.m. ET: "Asthma & Climate Change: Tips All People with Asthma Should Know" webinar
    The American Lung Association is pleased to host an online learning opportunity for patients with asthma and their caregivers to learn more about outdoor air quality, climate change and the impacts on asthma. Register here
  • May 30: Webinar on the respiratory impacts of climate change for health professionals
    The American Lung Association is hosting a webinar specifically for public health and environmental health professionals on the wide range of respiratory health impacts of climate change, with important information to share with people in their communities. Please feel free to join this webinar to hear from experts on these impacts, which include: increased air pollution; longer, more intense pollen seasons; extreme weather; and the challenges of evacuation and relocation. Register here

What Can You Do to Help Protect Healthy Air forĀ All?

"State of the Air" 2019 shows that climate change is threatening our nation's progress toward achieving healthy air for all. We need national action to clean up power plants, oil and gas operations, and other sources of pollution to address climate change and reduce other emissions that threaten our health at the same time.

Please sign this State of the Air petition to Congress and the Administration urging them to take action on climate change.

Learn More: Resources for this Month

From the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

Year At-A-Glance Calendar

View and share our monthly topics in the Year of Air Pollution & Health. Download PDF

Year of Air Pollution & Health poster (small)

Official Year of Air Pollution & Health Partner Organizations

National Partners

UN Environment, North America Office logoAlliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments logoAmerican Public Health Association logoAsthma and Allergy Foundation of America logoHealth Care Without Harm logoHealth Resources in Action logoMedical Society Consortium on Climate and Health logoNational Association of County and City Health OfficialsPhysicians for Social Responsibility logoUN Environment, North America Office  logo

Regional/State/Local Partners

American Medical Student Association, Virginia Commonwealth University ChapterAsthma Coalition of Los Angeles County logoCalifornia Pan-Ethnic Health Network logoCalifornia's American College of Emergency Physicians logoMedical Society of Sonoma County logoMendocino-Lake County Medical SocietyMI Air MI HealthSonoma County Medical Association logo

Partners for May

Climate for Health logo Montana Asthma Control Program logo Virginia Mason Memorial logo

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].

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