Allergy UK Celebrates Clean Air Day (20th June 2019)
Allergy UK celebrates Clean Air Day 2019 as a way to bring awareness to the issue of poor air quality and its impact on human health. Air pollution is the top environmental risk to human health in the UK, and the fourth greatest threat to public health after cancer, heart disease and obesity(1). Poor air quality is linked to an astounding 36,000 premature deaths a year in the UK(2).
Certain groups are particularly vulnerable to the effects of poor air quality, for example babies, children and the elderly, as well as people living with respiratory and allergic diseases(3). For this reason, Allergy UK’s has launched an air quality campaign for 2019 to raise awareness of the link between allergy and poor air quality.
You can read more about outdoor air quality and its impact on allergies here. We have various initiatives for people to help improve the air quality in their local area, including “Buy local, cook fresh and eat seasonal” and “Greener travel for cleaner air”. We also had a Q&A with Shirley Rodrigues (Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy, London) talking about pollution, green infrastructure and how everybody can contribute to improving air quality.
We hope that more people than ever will participate in this year’s Clean Air Day, and we encourage everyone to get involved whether as individuals, schools, organisations or companies.
- Defra Clean Air Strategy (2018) Available online [Accessed 16/5/19].
- Royal College of Physicians (2016) Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution. Report of a working party. London: RCP 2016.
- Heinrich J, Wichmann HE (2004) Traffic related pollutants in Europe and their effect on allergic disease. Curr Opin Allergy Clin Immunol; 4: 341–348.