Clean Air Day Campaign
Clean Air Day is marked on the sustainability calendar annually. It is a chance to find out more about and raise awareness of air pollution and spur on action to make air cleaner for all.
It is celebrated on June 20th and you can join social media activity by tweeting #CleanAirDay and tagging @cleanairday into any content. You can also download a Resources Pack from the campaign website.
What is Air Pollution?
Air pollution is an umbrella term for various kinds of pollution in the air that can be inhaled by humans and animals and absorbed by their bodies. These types of pollution are generally broken up into particle pollution, gases, chemicals and mould. The main pollutants are carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, ground level ozone, particulates, sulphur dioxide, hydrocarbons and lead.
You can read more about the different types here.
Levels of air pollution vary based on your location and the weather. Concentrations of air pollution are higher around the areas where the original pollution is caused – so in areas of heavy traffic, industry or farming, pollution will be more concentrated. It is also usually lower on the weekend than in the week as there are less people travelling for work during these times.
It is thought that air pollution is responsible for up to 36,000 deaths in the UK each year.
If you’d like to look into air pollution levels in your area – you can look it up using the Air Quality forecast from DEFRA. You can also set up alerts using this service for when high pollution levels are forecast. You may want to use this information to work from home if possible or avoid strenuous activity if you are part of an ‘at-risk’ group – such as being asthmatic.
The UK government has recently launched its Clean Air Strategy announcing that air pollution poses the biggest risk to public health in the UK after cancer, obesity and heart disease. This Welsh Government site takes a closer look at air quality in Wales.
What can I do about it?
Simple steps can make a huge difference in making the air cleaner for all. The Clean Air hub breaks it down into
and van fleet operators can sign up to the Clean Van Commitment