The Global Commission on Pollution + Health is working to call the world’s attention to new evidence that pollution, in all its forms - air, water & soil - is the leading cause of death and disability in the world, taking almost 9.6 million lives every year. The majority of those deaths and disability, 92% in fact, occur in low and middle-income countries.

These are startling numbers that are hard to comprehend. But your experience and stories, your images and captions, will help transform this data into the many visible facets of human life and health being harmed by pollution.

Fill out the form below, then write your own story and upload up to 5 images.


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Pollution Location*

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Pollution Details

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Tell your story

We want to know, through your words and images, how pollution is impacting you, your family and community. Your experiences will help the Commission and the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution make the case for increased national and international funding to control and cleanup pollution and protect human health.

Here are a few questions to consider:

  • Has environmental pollution changed life in your community over the past 30 years? If so, how?
  • For how long has the pollution problem persisted?
  • We'd like to hear the perspective from multiple generations - elders, middle-age and the young. Do elders have old photos to compare to current day?
  • Do you feel that pollution is responsible for health issues you, your family and your community are dealing with? If so, please describe.
  • What are your concerns for the future? What are your hopes for the future?
  • Has any pollution been controlled or cleaned up in your neighborhood or village? What impact did that have? What remains to be cleaned up?
  • What do you want your political leaders to know about your environmental concerns? What assistance does your community need?


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