TAKE A BREATH – Improving indoor air, is an ongoing awareness campaign focuses on how indoor air quality affects our health and wellbeing, encouraging the monitoring of indoor air quality to understand the source of the pollutants, and empowering targeted actions to mitigate the dissemination of allergens and pollutants in our ambiance to transform the quality of the air we breathe.
Who is this campaign for? Absolutely everyone – public sector, private sector, schools, educational establishments and the larger community. The aim is to educate and drive action in our homes, schools, offices, communities and beyond.
As part of Take a Breath, an in-depth study will be conducted in 10 schools in the UAE within the current academic year (2023-2024). The purpose of the study is to first collect data on the indoor air quality in schools prior and post solutions implementation within classrooms of primary years and to then create a benchmark from the findings to inform best practices.
WHY SCHOOLS – Looking at youth and the environment that fosters their learning is key to building the resilience of current but also future generations.
Children are particularly vulnerable to the long-term health effects of indoor air pollutants because their bodies are still developing. According to the American Lung Association, children breathe in 50% more air per half kilogram of body weight than adults, making them more susceptible to pollutants. Exposure to pollutants during childhood can lead to health problems later in life.
Educational institutions thus have an ethical responsibility to provide a safe and healthy learning environment. Monitoring and addressing indoor air quality concerns can support the achievement of this responsibility and help foster resilience.
According to research conducted by Philips Foundation and the University of Manchester, decreasing indoor air pollution levels by 20% can improve working memory by 6%, which represents four weeks’ learning time per year, showing that small actions can go a long way!
In addition, schools play a pivotal role in educating the next generation about environmental issues. Testing indoor air quality and showcasing solutions to address the issue provides an opportunity to teach students about the importance of air quality, pollution, and sustainable practices.
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