Visual Stories of Air Pollution

Climate Visuals is partnering with the Unmask My City campaign, a new initiative from the Global Climate & Health Alliance (GCHA), to protect people’s health and our climate. The campaign focuses on making changes to the transport and energy systems of cities worldwide, to improve public health, enhance people’s quality of life and work towards a cleaner, safer climate.

Climate Visuals is partnering with Unmask My City because of the campaign’s innovative imagery to convey the problem of air pollution, and the ways in which poor air quality affects people. Using face masks which glow red when levels of air pollution become dangerous is an example of a very visual way of highlighting the ‘invisible’ threat of air pollution. The gallery includes some additional images from the Climate Visuals collection which showcase  cleaner transport and energy choices. Each image is captioned to show how it relates to Climate Visuals research, as well as what it shows.

Telling a powerful visual story on air pollution – and why dirty air is bad for our health and our climate – is crucial now that the issue has risen rapidly up the global political agenda.


Read the Climate Visuals research report

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