UNICEF asks illustrators to raise awareness of air pollution on Instagram

  • Words: Spindle

UNICEF is continuing its #illustrators4children Instagram campaign, this time to raise awareness of air pollution. The children’s charity previously took to Instagram with the hashtag to ask illustrators to respond to the question, “What do you wish for refugee and migrant children?” Among the illustrators who responded were high profile artists such as Jean Jullien, who has worked for The Guardian and Nike, and Christoph Niemann, a regular The New Yorker cover illustrator.

This time round, illustrators are invited to post artwork that will increase awareness of air pollution and pneumonia, which is the number one cause of death for children under the age of five. According to UNICEF, 300 million children, almost 1 in 7 worldwide, live in areas where outdoor pollution is at its highest and can be toxic. The World Health Organisation have estimated that outdoor air pollution killed 3.7 million people in 2012, 127,000 of which were children under five.

UNICEF have commissioned illustrations from Maria-Ines Gul, Monika Forsberg, Veronica Grech, Chloe Bennet, Kate Pugsley, Bodil Jane, Renate Groenewould, Henne Kim, and Lieke van der Vorst, as well as inviting creatives to join in by posting artwork on Instagram under the hashtag #illustrators4children.

View some of the artwork created for the campaign below: