Air pollution is a major problem.
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.
The environment needs your help! Join us on National Clean Air Day 2021 for activities such as car-free days or planting trees in public spaces – all of which will reduce levels of harmful pollutants in our atmosphere. You can also take part by reducing your own emissions at home with simple changes like switching off lights when you leave a room or using energy efficient appliances where possible. Together we can make sure everyone has access to clean air!
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.
What is Clean Air Day?
Global Action Plan is the co-ordinator of the UK’s largest air pollution campaign, Clean Air Day. Since the first Clean Air Day in 2017, thousands of people have taken part in hundreds of events, and our air quality messages have had a reach of millions.
Clean Air Day is an award-winning annual campaign. It works to improve public understanding of air pollution both indoors and outdoors and to build awareness of how air pollution affects our health. The campaign also explains some of the easy things we can all do to tackle air pollution, helping to protect the environment and our health too.
What happens on Clean Air Day?
Clean Air Day is co-ordinated by Global Action Plan, and is made possible by partners who help us fund the day, and supporters who help deliver it.
It’s a day that brings people together across the UK – from schools, businesses, communities, and the health sector. It’s a day of action on air quality where people try something different – this could be anything from choosing to travel without a car, to closing the street in front of your school for a day and having a street party.
Clean Air Day usually takes place on the third Thursday of June, this year taking place on Thursday 17 June 2021.
Great Ormond Street closes on Clean Air Day to become a rainbow-bedecked play street, people testing their lung capacity in Lung Domes in Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens and dancing in George Square Glasgow. All around the UK we’ve seen people getting involved in spreading the message that we all have a role to play in making our air clean.
What will you do on Clean Air Day?
How will you get your organisation involved in Clean Air Day 2021?
Change the way you commute by switching to electric.
For 12 months now the UK government has been looking at transport in the 21st Century in its Future of Transport review.
The review is considering how we can make small changes to our everyday travel decisions and, as a result, reduce the amount of congestion and pollution.
As part of this, the government is consulting on the use of e-scooters and the impact they may have on UK transport.
“We are on the cusp of a transport revolution. Emerging technologies are ripping up the rulebook and changing the way people and goods move forever,” said Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.
No more petrol stations
NIU scooters are fitted with dual batteries which means you can spend more time on the road. With dual charging, you can charge both batteries at home from a standard wall socket the night before and they’ll be ready the next morning.
Good for the environment
One of the easiest ways to reduce your carbon footprint is to travel emission-free and because electric scooters are powered by a rechargeable battery, they have zero emissions.