Air pollution dirties every organ in your body.
Clean Air Day, the UK’s largest campaign on air pollution is on Thursday 16 June. Air pollution is the biggest environmental threat to our health, no matter who you are or where you live. It can harm every organ in your body and can shorten our lives, contribute towards chronic illness and put us more at risk from COVID-19. When we breathe polluted air, it can inflame the lining of our lungs and move into our bloodstream ending up in the heart and brain, causing lung disease, heart disease, dementia and strokes.
This Clean Air Day there are simple steps we can all take to help us cut down on the pollution we cause. Any reductions in air pollution that we make will lead to health improvements for us and in our local community.
There are many things we can do to cut air pollution. This Clean Air Day we are focusing on walking, which has positive benefits for your health and the planet. We are encouraging people to do three key things around this theme:
This Clean Air Day:
This Clean Air Day take steps towards cleaner air and support our local community:
- Talk about the harms of air pollution with people in your community (more information found in the Clean Air Hub) .
- Walk short distance trips and leave the car at home, where you can.
- If you do need to use the car, don't let it idle. Turn the engine off in traffic or when you are waiting for someone. It is less polluting to do this than to leave it on for a minute or longer when not using it, and modern car batteries make this easier.