Who We Are
The Breathe Mongolia - Clean Air Coalition is an international team of professionals and everyday citizens, working to end Mongolia’s air pollution crisis.
Breathe Mongolia team organized and held a workshop titled “What can we do to protect ourselves against air pollution?” for 2nd and 4th-grade students at School N104 of Songinokhairkhan district in Ulaanbaatar.
Breathe Mongolia volunteers contributed to The Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) environmental justice handbook “Environmental Justice! How can we create environments that are healthy for everyone?”. The guide is a freely available community research guide as part of the Smithsonian Science for Global Goals project.
Breathe Mongolia was selected as the Lead2030 Challenge winner for SDG 3, an international challenge to tackle air pollution hosted by One Young World and supported by AstraZeneca.
Oct 2021 - Human rights conference
As OpenAQ Community Ambassador, Breathe Mongolia co-founder was a panelist at the “Global Perspectives on Catalyzing Action Against Air Pollution” discussion at the Science, Technology, and Human Rights Conference.
The World Health Organization (WHO) launched the new Global Air Quality Guidelines (AQG). The joint medical community statement has been translated into the Mongolian language by Breathe Mongolia — Clean Air Coalition in partnership with the World Health Organization ACQ team.
Breathe Mongolia joined the ranks of air pollution and climate change activists in the short documentary titled: “Changing Skies” which was screened during the COP26, 2021.
Mongolia has been selected as one of the 20 countries to implement the UNLEASH Hacks international innovation program. UNLEASH Hacks Mongolia and Breathe Mongolia – Clean Air Coalition co-organized the hackathon under the theme of “Developing digital air pollution solutions”.
Breathe Mongolia was awarded the Silver Seal of Transparency and Participation from Guidestar.org
Breathe Mongolia – Clean Air Coalition built the Agaar Neg platform, a collaborative initiative between the Mongolian government, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, and UNICEF, Mongolia for the air pollution community in Mongolia and is completely free to join.
With the sudden outbreak of COVID-19, we are calling on IMMEDIATE support to protect the health of children. Vulnerable children urgently need masks. We are working on procuring children’s masks and will provide health education to their families.
Watchdog of the monetary support received from local and international actors to mitigate COVID-19 risks in Mongolia aims to hold the relevant stakeholders accountable to providing the public a comprehensive and transparent reporting of the use of funds.
We added Mongolia’s Covid-19 data banner on our website. It is important to keep up with the latest Covid-19 transmission events. Mongolians can be more vulnerable to the health impacts of the pandemic due to compromised immune systems and lowered lung function because of air pollution.
We raised $8000 with the help of generous donors from 15 countries for Mongolian children, as part of a fundraiser that ultimately raised $80,500 for COVID relief efforts.
We launched our bilingual website under the “Right to Breathe” project, funded ($8000) by the US Embassy and the EU in Mongolia in alliance with People in Need (PIN) nonprofit. The site hosts reliable air pollution information, a real-time interactive pollution map, news, policy documents, reports, and research papers.
We concluded the year of 2019 by partnering with UNICEF, Mongolia during the Combatting urban air pollution impacts on maternal and child health in Asia: A Science and Policy Dialogue international conference, and curated the “Sky Burial” exhibition, painted by Heesco. At the conference, we were proud to see the National Statistic Committee report, which we translated, in the hands of international scientists.
We collaborated with the National Statistics Committee of Mongolia and translated their comprehensive Air Pollution and Health Concerns in Ulaanbaatar report from Mongolian into English.
We won the MNG Summit “Nadad Heleh Ug baina” speech competition, judged by the Permanent Representative to the United Nations for Mongolia, and earned our first grant.
Breathe Mongolia registered as an official nonprofit organization in Delaware, USA, and obtained a Bronze Seal of Transparency on GuideStar. We have been vetted by many international platforms and companies, such as Techsoup, IBM, KPMG, Google, and Facebook to receive grants and donations.
Our team worked with the Mongolian Center for Investigative Reporters to conduct the first independent pollution monitoring project in Ulaanbaatar to identify the reason for a reportedly dramatic decrease in air pollution. Our work was published on DataJournalismAward.org, as well as Mongolian media outlets.
The movement evolved into a digital engagement campaign on social media. We collaborated with world-class artists, such as Heesco—a renowned Mongolian-Australian mural artist. We painted a mural in Melbourne, Australia, and raised awareness about Mongolia’s air pollution crisis on ABC news Australia.
Breathe Mongolia – Clean Air Coalition started as a global public awareness demonstration at Times Square, New York City, and was featured on National Geographic’s Your Shot series. Our Facebook live video got 529K views, 19K impressions, and was shared over five thousand times.