There are over 300 million children that live in areas with toxic air pollution. Just let that sink in. That means that almost 1 in every 7 children in the entire world is at risk everyday, but for some reason, air pollution isn’t taken all too seriously.
For many people, when it comes to climate change, they remain blissfully unaware of any damages because they simply don’t see it. But many young children are in danger just from being exposed and breathing the air around them, bringing the issue of climate change forward in everybody’s minds.
“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. That’s why Unicef teamed up with artists from around the globe to bring further attention to the issue for Clear the Air for Children. The #illustrators4children project includes work from artists like Bodil Jane, Henne Kim, Maria-Ines Gul, Renate Groenewould, and Lieke van der Vorst, all commissioned to create work for a good cause.
Here are some examples:
“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
[Via: Branding Magazine]