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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:

October: "Empowering the Next Generation"

October: Empowering the Next Generation

This month during the Year of Air Pollution & Health, the focus is on supporting youth engagement in clean air and climate advocacy. Everyone's health is at risk from air pollution and climate change, but children and teens are even more vulnerable to these threats. Their lungs and bodies are still developing, and they are more vulnerable to the health harms of air pollution and other climate-related health threats like extreme weather and the increased spread of many diseases.

It is critical to protect and prioritize children's health, and to support youth leaders who are working to safeguard children's health from air pollution and other environmental health threats.

This month we are working with our friends at the Children's Environmental Health Network to help promote and celebrate their annual Children's Environmental Health Day on October 10. With youth leaders at the forefront, everyone is encouraged to use the day to speak out on behalf of children with regard to clean air protections, climate action, and environmental justice. The Children's Environmental Health Network has made it easy to take action on October 10 and beyond.

Events in October

Childrens Environmental Health Day logoChildren's Environmental Health Day (CEH Day) on October 10
Join the CEH Day Twitter chat from 12pm-1pm ET on Oct 10. This year's theme is about environmental health (including air quality) in and around early learning and care settings.
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Congressional film screenings on October 23
The Lung Association is joining the Children's Environmental Health Network, the National Children's Campaign, and youth climate leaders to hold two events for U.S. House and Senate staff on October 23 in Washington, DC. We're highlighting two great short films - "Asthma Alley" and "Words Have Power" - that focus on youth impacts and activism around clean air and climate change.

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

Take Action: Tell us why healthy air matters to you, for this generation and generations to come. Your story makes a difference by putting a human face on the impacts of air pollution for policymakers and the public. Every voice matters: If you breathe air, we want to hear from you!

Learn More: Resources for this Month

From the American Lung Association

From Children's Environmental Health Network

Ways to get involved on CEH Day include:

  • Request a city and/or state proclamation from your mayor and/or governor for CEH Day in under 5 minutes using the CEH Day Proclamation toolkit.
  • Write to your congressional leaders using the quick CEH Day messaging platform to demand clean air protections and climate action and justice for all children.
  • Promote CEH Day widely on social media using the images, toolkit, and other resources.

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 October

Children’s Environmental Health Network logo Cumberland Pediatric Foundation 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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