Air pollution has dropped around the world as a result of COVID-19, but it has not disappeared and the crisis has also shown the long tail of related health risks, as respiratory illnesses have made thousands more vulnerable to complications from the disease. Without setting ourselves on a new trajectory, we risk facing dirtier air and more vulnerable populations in the future.

Webinar Recording

About The Webinar

In response to COVID-19, factories and offices have shut down and people are staying at home, resulting in decreased air pollution across the world. But pollution didn’t go away entirely in many places, even with decreased economic activity, and pollution exposure over time has made thousands more vulnerable to complications from respiratory illnesses. Without setting ourselves on a new trajectory, we risk coming back to a world of dirtier air and populations more vulnerable to the impacts of air pollution.

WRI Ross Center brought together a panel of experts to lay out this new trajectory, looking across three key areas that need transformation to create clean air: energy, food systems, and sustainable consumption and waste management. This webinar discusses the key leverage points for global shifts in trajectory, tracking this back to an integrated agenda for cities.

Speakers

  • Jessica Seddon, Global Lead, Air Quality, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities
  • Blas Perez Henriquez, Founding Director, The California Global Energy, Water & Infrastructure Innovation Initiative, Stanford University
  • Tim SearchingerSenior Fellow, WRI; Research Scholar, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University
  • Mathy Stanislaus, Interim Director, Global Battery Alliance (World Economic Forum); Former Circular Economy Fellow, WRI
  • Carolina Urrutia, Minister of the Environment, City of Bogotá
  • Beatriz Cardenas, Director, Air Quality, WRI México (moderator)

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