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UNICEF asks illustrators to raise awareness of air pollution on Instagram

Monday 21 November 2016
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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:

“Out of sight, out of mind” is how the saying goes, but this way of thinking is often the problem with #climatechange. Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not happening. As world leaders gather for the annual climate conference in Marrakech, we’ve asked some of our favourite artists from around the world to illustrate #airpollution and #pneumonia. @henn_kim is an illustrator from #SouthKorea who only draws in black and white. World leaders must step up to protect the future of millions of children around the world. Inaction is not an option, we demand clean air #foreverychild! #illustrators4children #COP22 #illustration

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#foreverychild “access to fresh non-polluted air” is a right – @liekevandervorst, illustrator from the Netherlands. The impact of #climatechange is not always easy to see, but it’s happening and its effects are real. That’s why we’ve asked some of our favourite artists from around the world to illustrate #airpollution and #pneumonia. The time for climate action is NOW. #COP22 A photo posted by UNICEF (@unicef) on

“I wanted to show that innocent children are not able to cope with the results of decisions [made by] adults.” @lutje_anna on her illustration for our series exploring the impact of #airpollution on children. As the annual climate change conference #COP22 comes to a close, we want to send world leaders a message: Inaction is not an option. Check out #illustrators4children for more! #inspiration

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Did you know 300 million children live in areas where outdoor air pollution is toxic? That’s almost 1 in 7 of the ‘s children. Air pollution may be invisible but its effects can last forever, especially for children whose lungs, brains and immune systems are still developing. We love this powerful illustration by @veronicagrech, an #illustrator and #artist based in Spain. It is part of our #illustrators4children series, where we asked artists from around the world to illustrate #airpollution and #pneumonia. #COP22 #climatechange

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