We all have a role to play in having clean air.
Make sure you understand yours. Step up on Clean Air Day.
The World Health Organisation and the UK Government recognise that air pollution is the largest environmental health risk we face today. It causes heart and lung diseases, is linked to low birth weight and children’s lung development and may even contribute to mental health issues. Every year, air pollution causes up to 36,000 deaths in the UK.
Clean Air Day is the UK's largest air pollution campaign, engaging thousands of people at hundreds of events, and reaching millions more through the media. Clean Air Day normally takes place on the third Thursday in June. This year, due to COVID-19, Clean Air Day is taking place on 8 October 2020. Find out more about the date change here.
Coordinated by Global Action Plan, Clean Air Day brings together communities, businesses, education and the health sector:
- to improve public understanding of air pollution, both indoors and outdoors
- to build awareness of how air pollution affects our health
- to explain some of the easy things we can all do to tackle air pollution, helping to protect the environment and our health too.
In 2019 more than 3,700 organisations and hundreds of thousands of individuals took part in 614 events across the UK. The campaign generated more than 2000 media items, and 45,000 social media posts.
We're excited to be looking forward to Clean Air Day 2020 and hope you are to. Make sure you're ready to play your part in this year's campaign.