The organization has partnered with artists from around the world to raise awareness of the devastating effects of airborne particulates on children

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 80% of people living in urban areas are exposed to air qualities levels that exceed WHO limits, with populations in low-income cities being most impacted. To raise awareness of this growing problem, UNICEF has partnered with creatives from around the world to create artwork to illustrate the issue.

UNICEF has asked illustrators to post their artwork on Instagram with the hashtag #illustrators4children in order to highlight the innocence of children in this global environmental problem. Children have little to no power regarding the decisions that adults make when it comes to the environment but have to suffer the often harmful consequences. Early childhood is a critical period for the continued development and maturation of several biological systems such as the brain, lungs and immune system. According to UCLA’s Institute of the Environment, air toxins can impair both lung function and neurodevelopment, and even exacerbate existing conditions such as asthma in young children.

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