Citizen self-monitoring of Air Quality and Pulmonary Health

Air pollution kills 7 million people yearly, and reduces our life expectancy by 20 months, with an economic cost reaching 6% of the gross world product (WHO, World Bank). Open-source air-quality and lung-capacity monitoring encourages citizens to map their environment, and mutually take care of their health, enhancing public benefits through co-participation. We propose to combine our approaches to tackle the health-related impact of air pollution in urban centers by raising awareness and helping develop the participatory monitoring of air quality and respiratory health into evidence-based policies. We aim to organize two co-creation events to explore how participatory development of air quality and respiratory monitoring can improve health outcomes and foster civil mobilization. Yonsei and Geneva are both urban universities with active communities committed to the United Nations SDGs, to social innovation, and with renowned faculties of medicine and environment. The institutions will have the support from LogAir and Breathing Games. LogAir develops open devices and applications, to enable citizens to map air quality along their day, serving as a basis for advisories on how to lower exposure, and proposed as a starting point for evidence-based policy-making. LogAir is deploying devices on shared bikes in Geneva and partners with other organisations to expand its network around the world. Breathing Games, a member of the WHO respiratory alliance, develops controllers and games to foster self and mutual care in respiratory health. Breathing Games is a finalist of Citypreneurs, a contest organized by the City of Seoul and the World Federation of UN Associations.