Crowd-sourced Pollution Reporting

The Commission report will document the combined disease burden from air, water and soil pollution, calculate the economic impact, and examine the disproportionate harm pollution causes children and pregnant women. The report will also present a range of proven solutions to address the global pollution crisis, and call for increased investment in pollution control from national governments, foundations and the international community.

The research team has concluded from looking at all forms of pollution, that it is the leading cause of death in the world, stealing almost 10 million lives a year, 92% of those deaths occurring in low and middle-income countries.

And this is still an underestimation because accurate data is missing from many severely effected countries.

That is where you and the map come in. The Global Pollution Map is an early prototype and we will be adding more data layers as they become available. Your reporting, telling your story, can help fill in those holes and bring an understanding of the human experience that gets lost in the numbers. Go to the Tell Your Pollution Story page, fill it out, upload your pictures then click the social media share button and invite your friends to do the same.

Let’s make the invisible, hidden nature of water, soil, chemical and air pollution in poor communities, visible, so together #wecanfightpollution.

To support the work of the Global Commission on Pollution to be published in the Lancet in April 2017, we are calling all photographers to #TellYourPollutionStory. Show us how your community is affected by pollution on a daily basis. The report will bring to light the new evidence that pollution, in all its forms—air, water, and soil—is the leading cause of death and disability in the world, taking almost nine million lives every year. The majority of those deaths and disability—94 percent— occur in low- and middle-income countries. These are startling numbers that are hard to comprehend. But your images and captions will help transform this data into the many visible facets of human life and health being harmed by pollution.

Many forms of pollution are invisible, creating a challenge for photographers. Sometimes pollution is felt, not seen. Often it is not felt at all, but is still a serious, silent threat. We want to know what it looks like through your eyes and how pollution is impacting your community. Perhaps you’ve seen an environmental cleanup project, or have benefitted from a pollution control project. Show us what that is like.

The Your Shot editors will select their favorite hashtag entries to coincide with the publication of the commission’s report.

The Commission wants to know, through your words and images, how pollution has changed life in your community over the past 30 years. Have globalization and economic and industrial growth brought increased pollution and changed local life? Ask your community elders or grandparents for their perspective and old photos. What did your area look like before these changes? How has pollution altered the health issues you, your family, and your community are dealing with? What are your concerns 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 world leaders to know about your environmental concerns? Entries will be displayed via a map and shared with leaders around the globe.