The fact that 300 million children live in areas where outdoor air pollution is toxic is a sobering thought. So why, when almost 1 in 7 of the world’s children are at risk everyday, is air pollution a problem that isn’t taken seriously?
Because it’s easy to ignore something you can’t usually see.
It’s no secret that when it comes to the issue of climate change many people fall under the “out of sight, out of mind” mentality. However, the fact that so many young children are at risk simply from breathing the air around them, cannot be pushed aside for much longer. Is it really fair that innocent children have to face the consequences of the misdemeamnors of adults?
“Air pollution may be invisible but its effects can last forever, especially for children whose lungs, brains and immune systems are still developing,” says Unicef. There are direct links between pollution and pneumonia and in areas where pollution is rife, fatal lung infections are the number one cause in the death of children under the age of 5.
In a continuation of their #illustrators4children project, Clear the Air for Children has seen Unicef team up with artists from around the globe to raise awareness around the issue. Ahead of November’s UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech Unicef hopes that the project will help to make an invisible threat visible, so that people would listen up and take notice.
Commissioning work from the likes of Maria-Ines Gul, Bodil Jane, Renate Groenewould, Henne Kim, and Lieke van der Vorst, the project is turning Unicef’s instagram page into a virtual art gallery, all for a good cause.
Because if we don’t try to protect the youngest, most vulnerable members of society, then who will?
Not only is there a powerful message behind this project, the work in itself is as beautiful as it is thought-provoking. Here is a wonderful example of creativity as a force for good and how we can use our skills and talents to make a real, positive difference in this world.
Because even though air pollution can’t be seen or touched, it can be swept under the rug.
“All we ask for is a breath of fresh air!” Those are @monika_forsberg’s words. It’s also the message we want to send to world leaders, as they meet in #Marrakech at the annual climate change conference #COP22. Air pollution is directly linked to diseases that kill more children under 5 than malaria and HIV. The time to act is now! #earthtomarrakech
How would you illustrate something that is often invisible? We’ve asked some of our favourite #artists from around the world to illustrate #airpollution and #pneumonia. Huge thanks to @antoinecosse, London based cartoonist and illustrator, for helping us to raise awareness about the effects of air pollution on children.
Did you know 300 million children live in areas where outdoor air pollution is toxic? That’s almost 1 in 7 of the 🌎’s children. Air pollution may be invisible but its effects can last forever, especially for children whose lungs, brains and immune systems are still developing. We love this powerful illustration by @veronicagrech, an #illustrator and #artist based in Spain. It is part of our #illustrators4children series, where we asked artists from around the world to illustrate #airpollution and #pneumonia. #COP22 #climatechange
“I wanted to show that innocent children are not able to cope with the results of decisions [made by] adults.” @lutje_anna on her illustration for our series exploring the impact of #airpollution on children. As the annual climate change conference #COP22 comes to a close, we want to send world leaders a message: Inaction is not an option. Check out #illustrators4children for more! #inspiration
Campaign: Clear the Air for Children #illustrators4children