DATES: December 6 - 20, 2021
DURATION: 15 hours
PLATFORMS: Moodle and Zoom 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), air pollution is the world's greatest environmental risk to health: it kills an estimated seven million people worldwide every year. Over 91 per cent of us live in areas where air pollution exceeds the guidelines considered to be safe; nine out of 10 people breathe polluted air each day; and 4.2 million premature deaths occur each year as a result of exposure to air pollution. The State of Global Air Report, 2020 says it is the fourth leading risk factor for early deaths worldwide. In fact, more than 90 per cent of the world’s children breathe toxic air every day. 

While governments and countries across the world acknowledge this deadly killer and its potential to wreak havoc and reel off statistics, it is critical to understand the numbers and what they really tell us – only then can we communicate effectively about the state of the air we breathe, the scale of the problem or its key causes, the health and societal impacts, and what actions are needed to control it. Evidence-based communication, using data, is key to informing air quality interventions and saving lives. 

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), one of South Asia’s leading think tanks on the politics of development, environment and climate change, invites you to join its Global Online Training Programme which focuses specifically on one critical aspect of meeting this challenge: understanding air pollution and health data, analysing it, and using it to communicate and tell stories on the urgency of this “environmental and health crisis”. 

The programme is designed to inform about established as well as new trends and approaches in data-driven development communications for effective presentation and maximum impact. It will also introduce popular analytical tools and conceptual frameworks, and offer insights into the legal framework and politics to better understand numbers on air pollution, health and economy. 

What will you learn?

  • Data collection: Learn how and where to research for relevant data on air pollution, health and related indicators on development.
  • Data analysis: Develop skills to analyse and interpret trends on air pollution, health, the science and the impacts.
  • Data visualisation: Learn to visualise data for effective communication.
  • Report writing: Develop skills to process, visualise and transform “air pollution and health” data into simple, compelling and informative ‘messages”, “reports”, “communication collaterals” and stories for print and web. 

Who can attend?

  • Professionals, consultants, planners, practitioners, government officials and policymakers working on clean air and health. This includes international organizations working for low and middle income countries especially Africa
  • National and international civil society groups, NGOs, clean air activists and advocates designing awareness programmes on air quality and health
  • Academia: Faculty and researchers, and students associated with sustainable development, air pollution and health
  • Researchers and writers on urbanization
  • Environmental consultants
  • Public relations/communication officers
  • Data managers and statisticians interested in improving communication skills
  • Anyone else interested in the subject 


The self-paced online programme will have video lectures, presentations, tutorials, quizzes and assignments. Participants will also get an opportunity to work on an in-depth project of their choice. The programme will also have three live interactive sessions for meeting the trainers and fellow participants.  

The programme has been designed in such a way that it can be completed along with a regular job or study.  

The course is broken down into five modules:

  • Module 1: Understanding challenges of urbanisation, air quality and health impacts
  • Module 2: Data for effective communication and informed decision making on air quality and health risks
  • Module 3: Finding the right data on air quality, health and development
  • Module 4: Data processing and analysis to make data meaningful 
  • Module 5: Data visualisation  

All those who attend and complete the course will be assessed by the course coordination team. CSE and AAETI will award Certificates of Participation to all those who attend and complete the course. 


Kiran Pandey
Programme director, Information Management, CSE
Phone: +91-9871215338


Susan Chacko
Information Management, CSE