Teachers, parents and administrators: Join students around the world in calling on the United Nations to include clean air in the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Freedom to Breathe is your opportunity and is a great way to teach kids the role of government in their day to day lives
Support every child’s right to clean air
Children everywhere should have the right to clean air
Every child should be able to breathe clean, unpolluted air, yet nine out of ten children around the world are breathing in toxins that exceed safe levels. This poses serious risks to their health and development. Breathing clean air is vital to help children realize their full potential and live long healthy lives. Despite these risks, clean air is not among children’s rights defined by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Clean air is vital to children’s physical and mental development and ability to fulfill their potential. By 2050, UNICEF predicts that air pollution will become the leading cause of child mortality. The WHO estimates that in 2016 alone, 600,000 children died from acute lower respiratory infections caused by polluted air.
Through this campaign young change-makers will be empowered to join together to call on the United Nations to acknowledge their fundamental right to clean air. Teachers across the world will play a vital role in making sure children’s voices are heard.
Teachers – please join us in our vital campaign, calling on the UN to acknowledge children’s right to clean air by adding your details to the form below. And children – sign your name up to call for the UN to acknowledge children’s right to clean air.
Want to get really involved? Check out these amazing curriculum based resources:
- Freedom to Breathe – 7-10th grade lesson
- Freedom to Breathe – 7-10th grade lesson with teacher notes
- Freedom to Breathe – Role Play Activity
Call on the UN to acknowledge children’s right to clean air
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