Thursday, October 8th, is Clean Air Day 2020. The official campaign wishes to make 2020 the “cleanest Clean Air Day Yet”. Normally, large events are run around the country to raise awareness about air pollution, but like Planet Earth Games, this year has to be virtual and socially distanced. This sets an exciting opportunity as the global lockdown has caused pollution to drop in many of the worse affected areas. As attitudes towards daily commutes and excessive air travel have shifted, perhaps we have reached a turning point for air pollution.

 

India has dropped in pollution, CNN

 

Every year, air pollution causes up to 36,000 deaths in the UK.  The World Health Organisation and the UK Government recognise that air pollution is the largest environmental health risk we face today. Poor air quality causes heart and lung diseases, is linked to low birth weight and children’s lung development and may even contribute to mental health issues. 

 

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. The campaign normally takes place on the third Thursday in June. However, due to COVID-19, this year Clean Air Day is taking place on 8 October 2020 and will be rolled out slightly differently. To keep you, your family, friends and colleagues safe, we’ve updated the campaign to be more virtual! 

Quote from the campaign

 

 

Global Action Plan, the group who run the campaign, have released all sorts of free resources to help you, your family and your workplace to get involved. From pledge stickers to letters you can send to HR to convince them to allow you to work from home, their resources are fun and practical! Having spent August committing to a healthy planet through our virtual games, we think it is important that we do what we can to keep it up as we head into Winter.

 

by Matt Thomson