The Optimistic Outlook

The Case for Clean Air

April 19, 2021

It might be the beginning of the end for the pandemic, yet the climate crisis—and with it, another healthcare crisis— looms large: Air pollution now contributes to 7 million global deaths annually, with the World Health Organization reporting that 98 percent of the world’s children aren’t breathing clean air. Jane Burston, Executive Director and Founder of the Clean Air Fund, joins Barbara with Martin Powell, Head of Sustainability, Americas, for Siemens Financial Services Inc., to tackle this issue. They discuss what’s being done to not only raise the quality of the air we breathe, but to make clean air a basic human right grounding the work to build a sustainable future. 

 

Show Notes:

Jane’s letter to the 21st century: https://www.cleanairfund.org/blog-post/a-letter-to-2021-from-clean-air-funds-executive-director/ 

Siemens’ environmental action: https://new.siemens.com/us/en/company/sustainability/environmental-action.html#:~:text=Climate%20neutral%20business%20operations%20by,and%20cafes%20globally%20by%202023. 

Supporting Biden administration’s climate commitment: https://www.wemeanbusinesscoalition.org/ambitious-u-s-2030-ndc/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=US_NDC