Rodrigo Gibilisco, founder of Breathe2Change, is leading a project for school children that has deployed twenty-five PM2.5 sensors at astronomical observatories across northern Argentina. The next steps of the project include installing a reference-grade monitor in a government facility, and capacity and dialogue-building activities, such as facilitating stakeholder meetings and hosting workshops.
“I grew up surrounded by sugarcane fields in Tucuman province. It was normal for me to witness crop burning and the black rain that followed, until I began traveling. When I experienced the world outside my province, I realized, ‘This isn’t normal.’ I was deeply concerned about how this was impacting the health of people in my province, as well as the environment. Further not having access to air quality data meant that people cannot make informed decisions. This realization became the driving force behind Breathe2Change.” – Dr. Rodrigo Gibilisco
Country Profile (Argentina): Opportunity Score 10.2 (High): Annual average PM2.5 levels are more than 2 times the WHO Guideline. There is no public PM2.5 data produced by the government, but there is a national ambient air quality standard for PM2.5.