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Let's protect our children's health from air pollution this #CleanAirDay - 17 June.

2020 saw children bear the burden of COVID-19, impacting their freedom, education and mental wellbeing. As our children return to their lives, we must ensure they go back to a healthy environment where they can learn and play safely.  

We all have a part to play to keep our air clean. 

We all have a part to play to keep our air clean. 


Highlights from Clean Air Day 2020


From BBC Newsround, ITV to the Times Redbox and the Daily Telegraph, the Clean Air Day campaign reached new corners of the mainstream media and presented 963 million opportunities for people to learn about air pollution.


We trended #1 on Twitter and over 45,000 social media posts were made for Clean Air Day and social media generated 381 million opportunities to learn about air pollution.



Clean Air Day 2020: Reducing air pollution levels could improve children's learning, according to new data - CBBC Newsround

Reducing levels of air pollution by 20% could have a positive impact on children's ability to learn, according to new findings. It's all part of the Clean Air for Schools Programme which is a research project headed up by the Global Action Plan, the Philips Foundation and the University of Manchester.

Cleaner air must be a lasting legacy of the national crisis

Air pollution has troubled humans for thousands of years. The residents of ancient Rome referred to their city's smoke cloud as heavy heaven ( gravioris caeli) and infamous air ( infamis aer). Emperor Justinian even attempted to legislate on air quality, proclaiming the importance of clean air as a birthright.


This week, more evidence has emerged showing a link between air pollution and the development of diseases like Alzheimer's.On #CleanAirDay, I raised this with the Government and asked for more support for people living with dementia and scientific research into the condition.

Cutting air pollution outside schools could 'improve children's learning by one month a year'

Cutting air pollution levels by 20 per cent could improve children's ability to learn by one month each year, research suggests. According to modelling by the University of Manchester and the charities Global Action Plan and the Philips Foundation, such a cut could improve the development of a child's working memory by six per cent - the equivalent of four weeks extra learning time per year.

Reducing air pollution 'could boost children's learning ability by 6%' | ITV News

Reducing air pollution levels could boost children's working memory by 6%, the equivalent of four extra weeks of learning time per year, research suggests. Modelling by the University of Manchester found that a reduction of 20% in air pollution levels in and around school grounds can improve a child's learning ability by 6.1%.

Best electric car hire apps for a green getaway

The best way to celebrate Clean Air Day? Travel green, suggest the experts. According to the UK's largest clean air campaign, the main source of this country's air pollution is transport, with 80 per cent of nitrogen dioxide recorded at the roadside and 30 per cent of fine particulate matter being traced to vehicle tailpipes.

Reducing air pollution by 20 per cent could boost children's learning

Researchers believe inhaling microscopic particles may affect children's brains A reduction of a fifth in nitrogen dioxide pollution could improve memory Children in high pollution areas have slower improvements in memory over time Cutting air pollution outside schools could boost children's memories, putting them the equivalent of a month ahead in school, experts suggest.