National Clear Air Day will take place tomorrow, 20th June 2019. The day aims to raise awareness about air pollution and how we can make the air we all breathe cleaner and healthier.
Clean Air Day is a day arranged by Global Action Plan, a charity founded in 1993, working for a green and thriving planet by encouraging people to live more sustainable lifestyles. Global Action Plan works with individuals, businesses, schools and other bodies to tackle air pollution.
Through their work, Global Action Plan have encouraged some of the country’s largest fleets of vans to stop using diesel. Diesel fumes from older vans are thought to cost the NHS and society as a whole, a total of £2.2 billion a year. Their aim is for zero emission vans to be fully introduced in cities by 2028. They have a government-backed Clean Van Commitment (CVC) which already has some high-profile signatories, including Tesco and Network Rail.
The health risks
Global Action Plan have also been involved in training health workers to advise patients on how to reduce the impact of air pollution on their health. Air pollution is said to cause up to 36,000 deaths each year and over 20,000 respiratory and cardiovascular hospital admissions a year in the UK. By encouraging people to walk and cycle instead of driving will not only reduce air pollution but also reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and mental health conditions.
Global Action Plan also works with young people in an effort to reduce consumerism and increase wellbeing. In 2017 they launched a new mission to tackle the throwaway culture and support young people to resist the pressure to buy and buy and buy.
Last year National Clean Air Day saw thousands of individuals and organisations take part in more than 500 events across the country, all with the aim of raising awareness about air pollution and trying to get people to make changes to reduce air pollution.
There are many ways all of us can help with the issue of air pollution, including:
- Turning off your engine when sitting in traffic;
- Shopping at local shops you can walk to;
- Avoid burning candles or using wood burning stoves at home.
At Asbestos Justice, we are still fighting the legacy the historical use of asbestos has left behind. Whilst the use of new asbestos products is banned, the wide use of the material historically means that there is much asbestos still present in many buildings, including public buildings such as schools and hospitals. Whilst we will continue to fight to raise awareness of this, we are also mindful that there are other sources of pollution which could cause health problems for our clients now and in the future. Let’s hope that one day we can all live in a world where we can benefit from the industrialisation of the world but in a safe and clean way.
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