Can Clean Air Improve our Health and Well Being?

A growing number of experts worldwide believe that the poor quality of our air is one of the biggest threats to human health and prosperity. Air pollution, in all forms, is responsible for more than 6.5 million deaths each year globally, a number that has increased over the past two decades.

The WHO estimates that:

    • 4.2 million die prematurely every year from outdoor (ambient) air pollution
      3.8 million die from indoor air
    • Over 237,000 deaths of children under the age of 5
    • The quality of the air we breathe will be a major risk factor for acute and chronic respiratory diseases and cardiovascular diseases
    • In addition to that, if you are exposed to air pollution, you will develop certain diseases, underlying diseases that will give you a greater possibility of developing severe cases of COVID, if you are affected.

Improving indoor air has benefits beyond COVID-19: it will reduce the risk of getting the flu, a common cold, or other diseases spread by air, and lead to better overall health outcomes.”  –  Dr. Alondra Nelson, head of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Deputy Assistant to the President.


Time to Clear the Air:

The World Asthma Foundation introduces the Time to Clear the Air Summit, a virtual event scheduled for May 3-4, 2023 | 9 -5 pm ET assembles leaders from academia, government, and the private sector discussing what must be done in order to clear the air to protect your health. The event is open to the public and it’s FREE to participate.

Why this matters:

Air quality impacts our health. Indoor air concentrations of some pollutants have increased in recent decades due to such factors as energy-efficient building construction (when it lacks sufficient mechanical ventilation to ensure adequate air exchange) and increased use of synthetic building materials, furnishings, personal care products, pesticides, household cleaners and combustion products.

The U.S. White House recently issued a statement saying, ‘It is time for a national conversation on how better indoor air quality can help us live healthier lives.’

What you will learn by participating in this event:

      • About strategies to protect our health
      • Healthy building strategies for clearing the air in your home or office
      • Effective strategies on how to minimize the risk of serious health effects of airborne contaminants including viruses and bacteria
      • How to select, clean and maintain furnishings such as upholstery, cabinetry or certain wood products for your home or office
      • How to identify and abate asbestos-containing insulation and material
      • Learn about chemical-free household and office cleaning supplies
      • How to select beauty and personal care products
      • How to mitigate excessive moisture
        Best practices for heating and cooling and ventilation systems
      • Clear the air about combustion appliances
      • Sustainability in green design resources and ideas

Who should participate:

The time to clear the air virtual summit invites health care and education professionals, clean air community leaders and advocates,  stakeholders including developers, building owners and other interested parties to participate  The two day event is underwritten by the World Asthma Foundation and offered FREE of charge.


On Twitter: #timetocleartheair

Topics covered:

      • Clean air – The global landscape
      • Clean air research – what does the science say
      • Clean air legislation – where do we stand
      • Clean air innovation – amazing discoveries
      • Clean air in the classroom – challenges, barriers and opportunities for the teacher and administrators
      • Clean air strategies for your home or office
      • How avoid serious health effects with mold, radon, Volatile Organic Compounds VOCs, second hand smoke, furnishings such as upholstery, cabinetry or certain wood products, asbestos-containing insulation
      • Household cleaning products and beauty and personal care products
      • Understanding heating and cooling systems
      • Understanding combustion appliances stoves or other gas appliances, such as water heaters, will increase carbon monoxide
      • Air filtration services
        HVAC systems
      • Creating your own clean room at home or work – A DYI guide
      • Clean air for the vulnerable – why this really matters


Underwritten by the World Asthma Foundation.