Unmask My City (UMC) is global initiative by doctors, nurses, public health practitioners, and allied healthcare professionals dedicated to improving air quality and reducing emissions in our cities.
Health Care Without Harm, together with the Global Climate and Health Alliance (GCHA) and its partners, the Health and Environment Alliance, the US Climate and Health Alliance and the UK Health Alliance for Climate Change are connecting with local health partners and their communities to promote practical solutions and create tangible city level policy changes that drive a clear, downward global trend in urban air pollution by 2030.
This will save millions of lives, improve health outcomes for billions of people, and make a huge contribution to greenhouse gas reductions needed to keep the world safe from climate change crises.
About the Campaign
Unmask My City, a global initiative launching in 10 cities on five continents, aims to promote practical solutions and create tangible city level policy changes that drive a clear, downward global trend in urban air pollution by 2030. This will result in significant reductions in illnesses and deaths as well as greenhouse gas emissions. Health professionals recognize the impact that air pollution has on health, and are speaking up about the need to address it. Through Unmask My City, health professionals are becoming a visible force supporting and/or driving healthy air campaigns in their countries.
Globally, the initiative calls for all cities to meet the World Health Organization (WHO)’s air quality guidelines, and to adopt policies and programmes on a path towards meeting this objective. Locally, solutions are tailored to the sources of air pollution most impacting each city, and the regulatory, policy or other solutions best suited to create positive change in air quality.
Unamsk My City - Showreel
From sustainable urban transport and active travel initiatives to renewable energy alternatives to fossil fuels, Unamsk My City calls for policies and programs to meet the World Health Organisation’s air quality guidelines.
Health Organization Leaders Launch Global Campaign on Air Pollution
Launching on World Asthma Day (May 2nd, 2017), Unmask My City, a global initiative in 10 cities on five continents, aims to promote practical solutions and create tangible city level policy changes that drive a clear, downward global trend in urban air pollution by 2030. This will result in significant reductions in illnesses and deaths as well as greenhouse gas emissions.
Unmask My City - Chennai
In Chennai, India, pollution and face masks have become normalised. People have become so used to living in a degraded environment, the health impacts that stem from this, and the disregard of the agencies charged to protect them that it is hard for an everyday person to believe that a better, cleaner, healthier future is possible. Two low-income areas, Ennore and Manali in north Chennai, house the the two main industrial clusters in the city, which are polluting the air, contributing to climate change, and exposing the these communities to a host of toxic chemicals. Decision makers and public agencies have a responsibility to protect these communities, clean up the air, and unmask the city.
Unmask My City - São Paulo
In São Paulo, air pollution, caused mainly by the burning of fuel from transportation, is responsible for about 4,000 deaths a year in the city. Even so, the WHO air quality standards have not been adopted by local authorities. The campaign “Unmask My City” in São Paulo mobilizes health professionals for the best air quality, aiming for significant health improvement, and the reduction of carbon emissions which drive climate change.
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