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Phase 3 of the healthy city project named AiREAS was focused on getting civilian engagement with the challenge of reducing the air pollution in town and improving the integral environmental and human health of the community. The results of nearly 2 years of investigation by scientists, civilians, civil servants and social entrepreneurs has been written down in this open access publication. It has become common practice in AiREAS that those who had a leading role in the process also co-author the publication of the findings. For some it is the first time their name is attached to a global manuscript. Others are already being referenced as authorities in their field of (scientific) expertise. It is also common practice that successes are being celebrated together with the enablers of the project. These enablers coauthored phase 1 of AiREAS which was published earlier this year. On the group photo, from left to right: Jaap Ham, Hans Verhoeven, Eric de Groot, Nicolette Meeder, Dilek Demir, Jean-Paul Close, Rüstem Demir, Edwin Weijtmans, Marco van Lochem and John Schmeitz. Missing are Mary-Ann Schreurs and Pierre Cluitmans who were bot travelling.
The kick off of AiREAS in October 2012 marked a Milestone for me as founder of STIR and cofounder of AiREAS. It was satisfying to have been able to get to a multidisciplinary format in which the core value of regional health was leading, not politics or economy. And everyone was taking responsibility together in a Sustainocratic way.
Now, after 3 years, we have installed the basic network and developed some time of experience observing and interpretating air pollution data in relation to our exposure to it. Making visible the invisible was our first mission so we could try to understand the health hazards we were dealing with. We called this phase 1.
This phase was wrapped up with this publication oftered to for inspiration through the global publishing channels of Springer. We offer it free of charge in open access in order to reach an as large as possible audience in the world since air pollution is a major threat demanding our attention at all levels of society.
Enjoy! And hopefully you get inspired to do something with it.