Our Children At Risk
Kids are vulnerable to the harmful health effects of dirty air.
Air pollution is the greatest environmental health risk factor for premature death in the world. Ground-level ozone and particle pollution, both “criteria air pollutants” under the Clean Air Act, pose the greatest threat to human health in the United States. Children are particularly susceptible to poor air quality; research shows that children who breathe polluted air can have lifelong reduced lung capacity.
Due to higher-than-average asthma rates among African-American children in particular, this population is especially vulnerable. Gasp seeks to raise awareness and understanding of the health effects of air pollution on childhood health outcomes through our Clean Air, Healthy Kids initiative.
We will utilize a citizen-science framework to educate children. Strategic activities include: building ozone gardens (Magic City O3 Garden Project), demonstrating air monitors (AirWatch in Schools), and implementing the EPA’s flag alert system (AirNow Flag Program).
Who’s at Risk in Jefferson County?
✔️ 300,000+ children under the age of 18
✔️ 36,000+ children with asthma
✔️ 85,000+ adults with asthma
✔️ 104,000+ people living with COPD
✔️ Nearly 140,000 people with diabetes
✔️ Nearly 190,000 older adults
✔️ Nearly 220,000 people living in poverty
✔️ 125,000+ people with cardiovascular diseases
Air Quality 101 for Kids
Click on the image below to download this flyer designed specifically for school-aged children (K-8). Feel free to use them in the classroom anytime. Would you like to schedule a presentation to your class? Click here!
What is Citizen Science?
“Citizen science is the practice of public participation and collaboration in scientific research to increase scientific knowledge. Through citizen science, people share and contribute to data monitoring and collection programs. Usually this participation is done as an unpaid volunteer. […] Citizen-science projects may include wildlife-monitoring programs, online databases, visualization and sharing technologies, or other community efforts.” —via National Geographic