Her Majesty Queen Letizia of Spain, said we need to change the way we interact with nature.
“We need to foster an economic, social and technological progress that is in harmony with nature,” Queen Letizia said. “We are what we eat, what we drink and what we breathe.
“The challenge of public health is mostly local but its impacts are clearly global. Nobody can escape the global risk of climate change. All of us including the future generations that follow, deserve better health.”
Ségolène Royal, France’s Minister of Environment, said the impacts to climate and health was more critical for vulnerable communities and women.
“In many countries firewood used for cooking produces toxic smoke that causes heart and lung disease,” Ms Royal said. “We must do more to prevent the impacts from such activities to the climate and health.”
Dr Flavia Bustreo, WHO Assistant Director-General, Family, Women's and Children's Health, unveiled the BreatheLife campaign saying it would build public awareness and political will to reduce the huge global death toll caused by poor air quality.
“We need to target the silent killer that is stalking many of our urban populations as a way to address climate change and as a grave public health threat,” Dr Bustreo said.