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Allergy UK supports Clean Air Day - Thursday 17th June 2021

Clean Air Day is the UK’s largest air pollution campaign. This year Clean Air Day will be taking place on Thursday 17th June 2021. Led by Global Action Plan, Clean Air Day brings together communities, businesses, schools and the health sector to:

  • Improve public understanding of air pollution and how air pollution affects our health.
  • Explain the easy actions we can all do to tackle air pollution, helping to protect the environment and our health.
  • Encourage individuals and organisations to take air pollution reducing actions and make changes to everyday practice.

Allergy UK, the national patient charity for people living with allergic disease, is celebrating Clean Air Day 2021 as a way to bring awareness to the issue of poor air quality and its impact on allergic disease. 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 FREE information and Factsheets on our website on the topic of allergies and air quality, including:

Clean Air Day Resources

This year’s theme ‘protect our children’s health from air pollution’ highlights the urgency to safeguard our children’s short- and long-term health from the impacts of air pollution and build a clean air future as we recover from the pandemic. Read more here.

The new 2021 resources enable all audiences across the UK from individuals, schools, businesses, health organisations, community groups and local authorities to demonstrate support for action on air pollution and have their say about building a healthy future for our children.

The resources support ‘do and say’ actions in line with this year’s Clean Air Day theme: ‘protect our children’s health from air pollution’. The actions include asks such as going polluting-vehicle free, to supporting high-level council action.

Download the FREE resources here.

Clean Air Day Resource 2021

Larissa Lockwood, Director of Clean Air at Global Action Plan, says: “Our children have not been exempt from the turmoil and disruption caused by the global pandemic. As we return to our lives, we must take this chance to create a healthier environment for our children to go back to - where they can learn and play safely. By protecting our children from the damage caused by air pollution, we are protecting their future.

This Clean Air Day we must all come together - individuals, schools, businesses, local authorities across the UK to collectively take action and seize this moment to support change, for good. We have a once in a lifetime opportunity for change. We must use it.”

[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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