Humans and Air Pollution
The complex interrelation spans over the entire bandwidth from being a victim to being a polluter up to being a central player in mitigating air pollution.
Today, many people live in areas with polluted air, which substantially influences their health and life expectancy. On the other hand, the majority of air pollution is caused by humans.
Fighting against air pollution, therefore, has two aspects:
- Protecting humans and, in particular, reducing the exposure of risk groups. Ensuring environmental equity regardless of social status, income or place of residence
- Enhancing personal ownership and responsibility and triggering a change in individual behaviour for less air pollution. Environmental nudging programs provide necessary tools and information and reward responsible actions.
Both approaches require reliable air quality information and tools, which facilitate considering this information in decision making.