Protect our health. Clean air now!

Combining health and environmental aspects, our campaign “Clean air for all” reflects the needs of European citizens on issues that affect their daily lives. Air pollution causes asthma, cancers, and chronic diseases. It leads to hundreds of thousands of deaths in Europe every year. This is why more than 70,000 Europeans decided to take political participation: they signed a WeMove Europe petition related to air quality.

Launched in March 2021 with the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), this campaign took place in German and eight other European languages. All signees decided to use our platform as a tool to get heard as full actors of a living European democracy. The current EU air quality standards are not as strict as the World Health Organization (WHO)’s regularly updated guidelines. They could be based on the latest available science to protect our health, and that’s what the petition calls for.

In May 2021 the EU Commission published its Zero Pollution Action Plan for air, water and soil. Unfortunately, the action plan did not announce alignment with WHO’s guidelines in the upcoming legislative revision of the Ambient Air Quality Directives. Since their update in September 2021, Europe is even further from the WHO’s air quality standards.

In the second half of 2022, the Commission will make a legislative proposal to revise the EU’s air quality standards after running an impact assessment, consulting the directorate- generals of the Commission and meeting with stakeholders. WeMove Europe gGmbH will continue to call for the harmonisation of the EU’s air quality standards with the guidelines set by the WHO, in line with the petition signed by citizens. WeMove Europe gGmbH will deliver the signatures of the petition to the decision makers in 2022.