Adopting the WHO AQI Air Quality Guidance for

Albuquerque and Bernalillo County


Sign our Petition

Let’s rise above the current inadequate standard for clean air. Let’s breathe easier

In support of saving lives and drawing down emissions

World Health Organizational (WHO)

Air Quality Index (AQI) Standards

We need a better system to protect health and draw down SOOT emissions. 

By signing the Petition

you show community support to provide a cumulative impact air quality report to the air board and forming a stakeholder’s group to discuss ways for to drawdown emissions and save lives.  

Air pollution in New Mexico is a major public health concern, leading to premature deaths or crippling illnesses including asthma, heart and lung disease or allergies and lifelong respiratory issues. It can rob children of their futures and adults of a meaningful, healthy life.

Ambient air monitoring measures air flowing through regions and measures certain air borne contaminants like Ozone and Particulate Matter 2.5.and 10.  Air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SO2), particulate matter (PM), volatile organic compounds, and air toxics. These pollutants affect breathing, heart functions, and neurological systems, and can cause premature deaths and adverse birth outcomes in populations exposed to them.–

(Climate, Health, and Equity Implications of Large Facility Pollution Sources in New Mexico Feb 2023.)

Although more data is needed, according to the EPA Air Toxic Report, air pollution in NATIONWIDE KILLS 200,000-300,000 A YEAR AND it is estimated to contribute to more than 1,000 premature deaths each year in our state, with marginalized, already overburdened communities suffering the worst consequences.

In New Mexico, an estimated 1,100 premature deaths are attributed to PM 2.5 air pollution each year.” The analysis in a new Report released in June 2022 finds that stronger air pollution limits would save thousands of lives each year and deliver significant health benefits, especially for Black, Hispanic and low-income communities. 

“Environmental Defense Fund. 2022

For More Information follow these links

If you live in Bernalillo County, the air you breathe may put your health at risk,” American Lung Association, 2022

If you live in Sandoval County, the air you breathe may put your health at risk,” American Lung Association, 2022“

Air Quality Facts,” American Lung Association, 2022

Anthropocene Alliance – Common Ground Rising is a member of A2, the nation’s largest coalition of frontline communities fighting for environmental & climate justice.

Local EJ groups and NGOS that support the WHO AQI to the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Airboard