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Allergy UK supports Clean Air Day on Thursday 8th October 2020 

Clean Air Day is the UK's largest air pollution campaign which is organised by charity Global Action Plan. The campaign helps to drive a positive shift in public knowledge and action; and is a chance to find out more about air pollution, share information, and make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone. 

Allergy UK, the national patient charity for people living with allergic disease, is celebrating Clean Air Day 2020 on 8th October 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). 

Allergies and Air Quality 

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 disease (3). 

You can access a host of information and Factsheets on our website on the topic of allergies and air quality, including: 

Visit our interactive 'Allergy House' to find out what you can do to help create an allergy friendly environment in your home.

Clean Air Day Resources 

This year’s Clean Air Day is going ahead slightly differently than past campaigns, but there are plenty of opportunities to get involved on www.cleanairday.org.uk.   This year sees the introduction of a virtual event, Clean Air Day Live, which you can tune in to from 10am. You can also calculate your impact on air pollution by using the UK’s first Personal Air Pollution Calculator 

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.

Together, let’s make Oct 8 the cleanest Clean Air Day yet. 

 

  1. Defra Clean Air Strategy (2018) Available online
  2. Royal College of Physicians (2016) Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution. Report of a working party. London: RCP 2016.
  3. Heinrich J, Wichmann HE (2004) Traffic related pollutants in Europe and their effect on allergic disease. Curr Opin Allergy Clin Immunol; 4: 341–348.

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