Breathe SmartTackling Air Pollution and Respiratory Health

Breathe Cities is a groundbreaking initiative aimed at accelerating progress, dismantling barriers to action, and ensuring global access to clean air. Announced by Michael R. Bloomberg, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Climate Vision and Solutions and the founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies, together with London Mayor and C40 Chair Sadiq Khan, this effort intends to tackle urban air pollution.

Currently, no urban area meets the World Health Organization (WHO) air quality guidelines. Alarmingly, 41% of cities have air pollution levels exceeding WHO recommendations by over seven times, exposing residents to hazardous air that can lead to severe health issues such as asthma, respiratory illnesses, and other chest diseases.