June 2017, A Parisian woman is taking the French state to court for failing to protect her health from the effects of air pollution. September 2017, Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London) triggered alert for high air pollution in the capital. According to the Chinese Ministry of Health, industrial pollution has made cancer China’s leading cause of death.
Pollution is becoming a major concern for people living in the cities but the kids are the ones that are the most impacted:
- 570 000 children under 5 years die from respiratory infections, such as pneumonia, due to indoor and outdoor air pollution, and second-hand smoke. (According to new two WHO reports).
- Nearly 300 million children live in areas with the most toxic levels of outdoor air pollution – six or more times higher than international guidelines. (according to UNICEF)
Parents are looking for innovative solutions that protect the kids from pollution. Here are some great example of devices that answer that need:
The mask is colorful, customizable, and asymmetrical to minimize the amount of the child’s face the mask covers.
The playful bird toy that tracks pollution wherever it goes. When air pollution is unhealthy, the canary is getting sick, this information is relayed to a parent’s phone.
The concept has been inspired by the coal miners’ canary: “Years ago coal miners would carry canaries down into the tunnels with them. The delicate birds were more sensitive than humans to dangerous gases like carbon monoxide. If the birds perished, the miners knew it was time to exit the tunnel immediately.”
Brizi creates a “clean air barrier” that protects babies and young kids from pollution. When pollution in the air reaches “dangerous levels”, the fan filter unit in the cushion is triggered to filter pollution out of the air in the baby’s breathing area. The project was on Kickstarter but didn’t received enough founds.
Those innovations can potentially inspire larger solutions to city air pollution. Pollution free playground, Airfilter sculptures, pollution Google map, educative events…
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