Aires Nuevos is a Citizen Air Quality Network for Early Childhood in Latin America. It is based on a system for measuring air quality and plans to reduce children's exposure to air pollution.
Aires Nuevos is a Citizen Air Quality Network for Early Childhood in Latin-America. It was launched in 2020 and is built on a multi-stakeholder collaboration between communities, local governments, universities, and Champions for early childhood “Convergence for Action”. It is based on an air quality monitoring system with low-cost sensors to monitor and reduce children’s early exposure to air pollution through locally led solutions that address air quality problems in various areas.
The Aires Nuevos project was created by Horizonte Ciudadano Foundation and Climate Action Center PUCV, with funding from the CIFF (Children’s Investment Fund Foundation), and the Bernard van Leer Foundation.
This initiative is spearheaded by Champions for early childhood “Convergence for Action” a network of more than 90 influential leaders in 18 countries in the region that actively engage in public policy.
Our mission is to enhance generation and sharing of community-based air quality information to reduce air pollution exposure in early childhood in Latin-America.
Our vision is to advocate in Latin-America the development of regulatory and public policy frameworks for an air pollution approach that prioritizes child development and well-being.
- The well-being of children as a standard for community living.
- Collaborative work to acknowledge and incorporate diverse knowledge, experiences, and resources based on a shared mission.
- Community engagement ranges from information access to air monitoring of collaboratively defined actions.
- The use of scientific data in decision-making and as a foundation for any diagnostic is crucial.
- Transformative local actions bundled into action plans, putting evidence to work for changes rather than diagnosis.
The Aires Nuevos project is a multi-stakeholder partnerships that include local governments, universities and communities are being established in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Perú, and Uruguay. These partnerships will offer locally led solutions that address air quality problems in various areas.
It’s a non-government, non-profit, non-political organization, created in 2018 by Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and former Chilean President.
Champions for Early Childhood “Convergence for Action” is a network of political advocacy leaders for the countries and governments of Latin America and the Caribbean to prioritize early childhood, in the context of climate and migration crises.
The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaso’s Climate Action Center (CAC) is a national and regional center for the development of applied research in climate adaptation that coordinates and directs the research work of Aires Nuevos universities and ensures the accuracy of air quality data.