Prevent Millions from Dying Due to Dirty Air

Target: Erik Solheim, United Nations Environmental Programme Executive Director

Goal: Take action to address the global air pollution crisis.

Ninety percent of the world’ population lives in an area where air pollution is a serious health concern. According to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO), millions of people have already died as a result of this crisis, with billions more at risk.

WHO claims that virtually the entire planet is swarming with tiny particles from pollutants such as nitrates, sulfate, and black carbon. These toxins seep into the lungs and can cause any number of health problems, from asthma to cancer and heart attacks. Asia and Africa are among the areas most in danger, with China and India in particular suffering from exceptionally dirty air.

Air pollution killed 6.5 million people worldwide in 2012, which makes it one of the world’s most serious health threats. While some pollution is natural, the majority of the problem stems from the burning of fossil fuels, which is also responsible for global warming.

Access to clean air should be a fundamental human right, but the majority of people find themselves at risk of dying from tainted air. Sign the petition below to demand immediate action on this crisis.


Dear Mr. Solheim,

I am writing to express my grave concern about a recent report from the World Health Organization. According to their data, nine out of every ten people (or 90 percent of the global population) is at risk from serious air pollution. Dirty air kills over 6 million people on an annual basis, and this number will only rise if immediate action is not taken.

Officials blame human activity, primarily the burning of fossil fuels, for this dire situation. Without a concentrated global effort, millions more will die. I urge you and your department to address this crisis and clean up our planet’s air supply before it is too late.


[Your Name Here]

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