The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) has launched its Respiratory Wellness Initiative, which will examine the link between climate change, air quality and respiratory wellness. The goal is to find ways to reduce the impact that poor indoor and outdoor air quality have on our health and well-being.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that air pollution is “the single largest environmental threat to human health and well-being." Climate change also affects air quality, with higher temperatures leading to an increase in allergens and harmful air pollutants, such as ozone. Lung and respiratory problems including emphysema, allergies, respiratory infections, asthma and COPD have all been firmly linked to poor air quality, according to the GWI.
“Air surrounds us every moment, it gives us life, and the quality of the air that we breathe is the cornerstone of human health,” said Leo Tonkin, founder and CEO of SALT Chamber and chairman of the Respiratory Wellness Initiative. “Respiratory wellness is the very foundation of human well-being, and I’m proud to lead this Initiative along with Dr. Ryan and our other founding members.”