In order to change the face of our cities, we must work together to find new ways of cleaning the air we breathe, reinventing the way we travel and explore our world, and taking action to conserve biodiversity. So we went out to meet with some of the people who are inventing tomorrow’s solutions today.
What is a breathable city? Which levers for action have already been identified? How can we encourage everyone to become permanently involved? This overview looks at some of the initiatives that are widening the field of possibilities.
“IT'S A VIRTUOUS CIRCLE: BY TAKING ACTION ON AIR POLLUTION, EVERYONE CAN BREATHE BETTER IN THE SHORT TERM AND HELP SLOW CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE LONG TERM.”
-Sandra Cavalieri, Health Coordinator, Climate and Clean Air Coalition Secretariat, UN Environment Programme
"By making our cities more breathable and taking care of the air we breathe, we can have a positive impact on our health and quality of life, especially for the most vulnerable in society, such as children and the elderly. It's a virtuous circle: by taking care of our health - which is the case when we choose to walk or cycle rather than drive - we are also taking care of the planet, especially since many air pollutants have both a short-term and long-term impact on climate change. Reducing air pollution also benefits the most vulnerable people in our society. Cities can also play their part by analyzing their air to identify sources of air pollution, whether from transportation, household energy or waste incineration, before applying the right solutions locally.