Thursday, 16th June is National Clean Air Day 2022.
Clean Air Day is an annual event to raise awareness about air pollution and its impact on public health. The initiative is led by Global Action Plan, a non-government organisation (NGO) based in the UK.
The UK’s first ever National Clean Air day was held on 15th June 2017. It caused quite a buzz! Through hundreds of events and media features, millions of people responded to the highlighted issue of air pollution, and #NationalCleanAirDay trended at number 1 on Twitter for five hours, beating BBC Music Day, British Beer Day, and Love Island!
Clean Air Day is very much about education and communication. It’s about sharing knowledge and leading by example. The theme for the UK’s sixth Clean Air Day is:
This statement highlights the detrimental effect of air pollution on every organ, in every body, everywhere.
Larissa Lockwood, Director of Clean Air at Global Action Plan, says, “Air pollution impacts our health from our first breath to our last.”
A 2018 report published by Public Health England (PHE) estimated that between 28,000 and 36,000 people die each year as a result of air pollution. Long-term exposure to air pollution can induce or aggravate chronic health conditions such as asthma, lung cancer, and cardiovascular disease. There’s also some evidence that associates air pollution with low birth weight and senile dementia.
Another PHE publication from 2018 (Health Matters: Air Pollution) says that short-term (hours/days) exposure to elevated levels of air pollution can cause an increase in respiratory and cardiovascular hospital admissions and mortality.
Millions of people in the UK will be changing something in their daily routine. Something that will reduce air pollution. Each person’s contribution will be tiny – a drop in the proverbial ocean.
...But millions of drops, combined, make a huge splash!
These are a few examples of the pledges people are making for Clean Air Day.
Clean Air Day is an exercise in awareness. Events are organised to grab people’s attention and flag up this important environmental issue. Many of those who join in the fun might never have given air pollution a thought – or maybe they’ve not considered it something that can be tackled at grassroot level.
For those individuals, families, businesses, and organisations who are already committed to reducing air pollution, every day is a clean air day. The atmosphere may be full of sulphur dioxide, ozone, benzene, oxides of nitrogen, carbon monoxide, and lead, but some people push on, and never give up on the principle of sustainability.
For Global Action Plan, the campaign for clean air is ongoing – 365 days a year.
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Have fun on National Clean Air Day!