This webinar will be hosted by Hind Al-Abadleh, professor of chemistry at Wilfrid Laurier University and the 2019 Fulbright Canada Research Chair in atmospheric chemistry, air quality and climate change at the University of California Irvine.
Will our heightened sense of health awareness continue post-pandemic, or will we go right back to polluting the air we breathe?
The daily rhythms of millions of people have been drastically changed as governments around the world have declared states of emergencies and lockdowns so that people go home and stay home. Granted, these measures are necessary and will be life-saving as they are based on advice from public health doctors and scientists. These measures will work for as long as people comply.
But will this heightened sense of awareness for our health continue once the coronavirus pandemic is under control, or will we go right back to polluting the air we breathe with nitrogen dioxide, ozone and fine particulate matter?
Once we pass the COVID-19 pandemic, which would have given us the best 'clean' air possible in metropolitan centres around the world, let's consciously and seriously decide to keep air quality and the health of the climate front and centre in our lives and political discussions.
All is required is to make personal choices, vertical and horizontal co-operation and collaboration at all levels and maintaining the sense of interconnectedness locally and across borders that we acutely feel during these tough times.
This session will explore air pollution recognized as a public health issue, the current state of our air quality, the impacts of the COVID-19 on air quality and pollution and proposed next steps to the continued improvement of air quality and the health of all global citizens.