Clinicians mobilize against air pollution

Join our network.

Like air pollution itself, Inspire: Health Advocates for Clean Air is global. Health-oriented professionals—of all types and from every region—who have a vested interest in the health effects of air pollution are encouraged to become a part of this coalition.


Why air pollution?

Air pollution is the leading environmental health risk in the world.

More than 6 million deaths per year are linked to poor air quality, including household and outdoor air pollution.

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Air pollution is our greatest global environmental health risk. We need aggressive local advocacy for clean air now before health systems, especially in low-resource countries, are overwhelmed by the burden of disease
— Dr. Charles B. Sherman, MD, MPH Co-director, East African Training Initiative

What is Air Pollution?

Air pollution is a complex mixture of gases and particles that are formed from the burning of fuels and other material or photochemical reactions in the atmosphere. Common sources of air pollutants include vehicle emissions, outdated power generators, industrial emissions, agricultural fires and waste burning, as well as household fuels such as wood, coal, charcoal and kerosene. Natural sources such as desert dust and volcanoes also create air pollution.



Air Quality Near You

How does your air quality measure up to international standards? Explore the data resources below to see if your country or city has publicly available data on air quality.


Effects on Your Health

Regardless of the source, air pollution as a clear and devastating impact on human health. Even particle pollution at very low concentrations has been shown to have adverse health effects across many of the body’s major organ systems, resulting in illness and premature death.

Get data on air pollution’s health effects near you.


Take Action.

Think global, act local. Air pollution is a global problem with local solutions. Be part of our health-oriented coalition.


Become and Inspire Champion

Demand Source Emission Control

Demand Air Quality Monitoring

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