[Webinar] Taking on Air Pollution: The Single Greatest Threat to Human Health – April 9, 2019

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When: Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 11:00 AM

Where: Register Here 

From giant chimneys created by jet engines to simplistic superblocks and car bans, there is a steadily growing number of policies and approaches addressing what the Energy Policy Institute found is the single greatest threat to human health – poor air quality.

The Institute recently reported that air pollution reduces global life expectancy by nearly 2 years, surpassing the devastating impact of smoking, tuberculosis, or even war, while a report from The Lancet Commission found that pollution is responsible for an estimated 9 million premature deaths. And this threat is not distributed equally: children and marginalised communities are disproportionately affected.

New research has linked air pollution to a wide range of problems in children starting before birth, including reduced birthweight, cognitive impairment, child obesity and lifelong damage to respiratory and cardiovascular systems. In the United Kingdom, Black British citizens are 28% more likely to be exposed to air pollution than their white counterparts.

You are warmly invited to an online conversation about the latest evidence on the impacts of air pollution – particularly on vulnerable populations. This discussion will feature Jane BurstonBakeyah Nelson and Christine Appah.

  • Jane is Director of the Clean Air Fund and a member of the Global Future Council on Energy at the World Economic Forum. She was previously Head of Energy and the Environment at the National Physical Laboratory.
  • Christine is a Senior Staff Attorney at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. Previously, she served as a regional director at the New York State Division of Human Rights. Her work focuses on urban environmental health issues and sustainability.
  • Bakeyah is the Executive Director of Air Alliance Houston. For the past several years, she has been working to improve public health in the Houston region.

During the webinar, attendees will be given the opportunity to discover and share innovative policy solutions, put questions to the speakers, and introduce themselves and their work to an audience of practitioners tackling the challenge of improving the air we breathe.

Please register HERE

The webinar will be presented by Apolitical with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Global Ideas Fund at CAF America, the Bernard van Leer Foundation, and the Clean Air Fund. (The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsors.) It is open to all participants from the public service, civil society, and academia. If you are not yet a member of Apolitical, you will be taken to a signup page that will automatically register you for the event.

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