Everyone has the right to breathe clean air. Yet 90% of people worldwide do not.
The Clean Air Fund is a philanthropic organisation working globally to empower funders, researchers, policymakers and campaigners to deliver clean air for all.
A HIDDEN EMERGENCY
This is one of the biggest public health issues we face globally – and it’s getting worse.
Air pollution affects every cell and organ in the body. Every year, millions of adults and children die prematurely, develop life-threatening diseases or see their health affected by air pollution.
FOR PEOPLE AND PLANET
Tackling air pollution would improve and save countless lives. It would also inject urgency into the climate change agenda and help build sustainable, resilient economies.
The causes of climate change are often the same as the causes of air pollution: transport, the power sector, industrial emissions and crop burning. Improving air quality is a win for the planet as well as the people who live on it.
THE MOVEMENT FOR CLEAN AIR
Things need to change, and fast. But it won’t happen through a single organisation or individual alone.
Solutions are emerging, but are not being replicated or scaled quickly enough. More data, collaboration and learning are required to tackle the challenge with the speed and scale we need.
The Covid-19 crisis has shown that air quality can improve almost instantly, with concerted action, political will and behaviour changes across society. If we work together, we can create a fairer, healthier, more prosperous future for everyone.
The Clean Air Fund was created to help make this happen. We launched at the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit in 2019, and have raised $50m to date from funders focused on climate change, health, mobility and children.
Find out more about our work here.