National Clean Air Day – Thursday 15 June 2023: Theme ‘Clean up our air to look after your mind this Clean Air Day’
In the UK, air pollution is the largest environmental risk to public health. Clean Air Day is a global, annual, air pollution campaign in the month of June. It encourages everyone to think about what they can do to help improve air quality. Clean Air Day is in its seventh year, and the central aim is to help drive a positive shift in public knowledge and action. Clean Air Day is a chance to find out more about air pollution, share information, and make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone.
Clean Air Day takes place on the third Thursday in June and is the UK’s largest air pollution campaign, engaging thousands of people at hundreds of events across the nation, and reaching millions more through the media.
The CWU Health, Safety & Environment Department is pleased to once again be supporting and promoting Clean Air Day.
Led in the UK by the charity ‘Global Action Plan’, the sustainability charity that co-ordinates Clean Air Day, the UK’s largest campaign on air pollution, Clean Air Day brings together communities, businesses, schools, groups and organisations plus the health sector to:
- Improve public understanding of air pollution.
- Build awareness of how air pollution affects people’s health.
- Explain the easy actions we can all do to tackle air pollution, helping to protect the environment and peoples’ health.
In past years, around 4,000 organisations and hundreds of thousands of individuals have taken part in hundreds of events across the UK. The campaign previously generated more than 2000 media items, and 45,000 social media posts. 95% of people surveyed supported the view that air pollution should be a priority for the UK.
“Clean up our air to look after your mind this Clean Air Day”
‘Global Action Plan’, have confirmed the 2023 ‘Clean Air Day’ campaign theme as “Clean up our air to look after your mind this Clean Air Day”. This year’s theme draws attention to the growing evidence base that shows air pollution can impact our mind and brain health. By taking clean air action on 15 June and every day, we are improving our air quality and reducing our risk of developing mental health and brain conditions.
Cleaning up our air is good for us in many ways: it not only benefits our physical health and the environment but can also protect our mental and brain health. The physical health impacts of air pollution – such as asthma, heart disease and cancers – have been recognised for decades. More recently, researchers are beginning to understand how air pollution can affect the brain and the mind.
People who breathe polluted air are more likely to develop mental health and brain conditions. Being exposed to air pollution is linked to mental health and brain conditions such as depression, anxiety and dementia. When a person breathes polluted air, small pollution particles can enter through the lungs, into the blood stream and can reach the brain.
This year’s campaign will encourage people to visit the Clean Air Hub to:
- Learn: find out more about how air pollution impacts our mental, physical and planet’s health.
- Act: walk, wheel or use public transport to reduce your exposure and contribution to air pollution. If you drive, try leaving the car behind on Clean Air Day and one day every week.
- Ask: get in touch with your local councillor to ask them to support clean air measures that make it easier for you to breathe clean air.
Air pollution harms the health of millions, but there are lots of simple things people and organisations can do to improve air quality and reduce our exposure to air pollution. Clean Air Day is a chance to raise awareness and find out more about air pollution (both indoor and outdoor), share information with friends, family, union members and work colleagues, and help to make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone.
According to official UK Government statistics, every year, air pollution causes up to 36,000 deaths in the UK. The annual mortality of human-made air pollution in the UK is roughly equivalent to between 28,000 and 36,000 deaths every year. It is estimated that between 2017 and 2025 the total cost to the NHS and social care system of air pollutants (fine particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide), will be £1.6 billion.
The World Health Organisation and the UK Government recognise that air pollution is the largest environmental health risk we face today. Poor air quality causes heart and lung diseases, is linked to low birth weight and children’s lung development and may even contribute to mental health issues.
The World Health Organisation states that breathing cleaner air reduces the risk of stroke, heart disease, lung cancer and respiratory diseases such as asthma.
Air pollution can harm every organ in the body and shorten lives, contribute towards chronic illness and put people more at risk from infections when polluted air is breathed in as it can inflame the lining of the lungs and move into the bloodstream, affecting every organ in the body. This can lead to lung disease, heart disease, dementia and strokes.
Global Action Plan is communicating the primary action of walking short trips instead of driving which is a great way to reconnect with the local community, breathe cleaner air, get some exercise and improve personal health. The charity is also promoting many other clean air actions this year. The prioritisation of walking enables focus on an action that can have major impact.
The ‘Clean Air Hub’ – Clean Air Day Information & Resources
A collection of everything you need to know about air pollution is in one place from the organising charity ‘Global Action Plan’. The basic facts on air pollution, health, the organiser’s ‘Clean Air Calculator’, suggestions on what you can do and a range of ‘Clean Air Day’ free resources for England, Scotland and Wales are available here on these links:
Also available to use on the organising charity ’Global Action Plan’ website is a collection of workplace resources to inspire workplaces to create cleaner air on and beyond Clean Air Day. Posters, leaflets, letters, texts, e-mail footer, pledge cards, ‘No-Idling’ leaflet, clean air travel, clean air travel choices, e-mail and intranet message, video conferencing background, press release, social media resources etc. These can be accessed at:
The Clean Air & Pollution Calculator
The Air Pollution Calculator, brought to you by Global Action Plan. This tool enables you to calculate how your activity contributes to pollution levels and learn how you can make a difference for Clean Air Day 2023 and beyond:
Air Pollution and Health Inequalities
Although air pollution can be harmful to everyone, some people are more affected because they live in a polluted area and are exposed to higher levels of air pollution. Big cities and towns experience greater pollution levels (particularly nitrogen dioxide). There’s more about air pollution & health inequalities on the ‘Clean Air Hub’:
Air Pollution Monitoring Equipment – Offer to CWU Health and Safety Reps
The Greener Jobs Alliance (GJC) and Trade Union Clean Air Network (TUCAN) jointly took a share in the procurement of air pollution monitoring equipment with Global Action Plan (GAP). The Personal Aerosol Monitor is a miniature battery-operated laser photometer that measures airborne particle mass concentration in units of milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3). The equipment can measure to particulate matter of pm 2.5. TUCAN/GJA/GAP will loan the kit out to workplaces to support Trade Union Health and Safety Reps with workplace air pollution monitoring. Any CWU Health and Safety Rep interested in a loan of the equipment for a couple of weeks can email Janet Newsham (Chair Hazards Campaign & TUCAN) and Janet will schedule a time for you to use the equipment and from there hopefully produce some reliable, quotable, statistical evidence.
Contact details: Janet Newsham Chair Hazards Campaign/TUCAN
Greener Jobs Alliance (GJA) and Trade Union Clean Air Network (TUCAN) Newsletters.
The latest editions of the GJA and TUCAN Newsletters have been circulated attached via Letters To Branches 133/23 and 262/22.
Wales TUC – Greener Workplaces Toolkit For Union Reps (Written BY Graham Petersen)
The aim of this toolkit is to provide information to help union officers and reps who want to take action on the climate emergency and negotiate for greener and fairer workplaces. It is designed to support the voice of workers and their unions. It provides information, tools and ideas to help union reps to campaign, organise and raise awareness. It also includes negotiating and bargaining checklists on different areas of workplace sustainability. It aims to ensure that workers, through their unions, have a central voice in the changes that will be needed in every workplace to ensure a just transition to a greener and fairer workplace can be achieved. The resources in this booklet are designed to be used on TUC and union training courses, as well as to support green action (a copy is attached).
‘Air Pollution’ (Asthma and Lung UK)
Asthma and Lung UK (formerly Asthma UK the British Lung Foundation) are appealing for personal and organisational help in promoting their campaign. They say “Air pollution is a health emergency. Across the UK it is at lethal levels and too little is being done to tackle it.”
The two campaigning charities point out the following:
- 36,000 early deaths attributed to air pollution every year in the UK.
- 1 in every 5 people will have a lung condition in their lifetime.
- 4 million people in the UK living with asthma.
- In the UK, respiratory care simply isn’t good enough.
- NHS hospital admissions for lung conditions are rising three times faster than average admissions.
- Lung disease is now the third most common cause of death, costing the NHS more than £9 billion every year. So this issue needs to be at the top of the health agenda.
- People living with lung conditions are often overlooked and being left behind. Their condition isn’t accurately diagnosed at an early stage – and even when they are diagnosed, they’re not given the care they need.
Asthma and Lung UK have launched a new strategy, committing to transform the nation’s lung health by challenging misconceptions about lung conditions, driving greater investment in respiratory research, and campaigning for cleaner air and better care for people with lung conditions such as asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). The charity, which supports the 12 million people in the UK who will have a lung condition in their lifetime through its helpline, support groups, tailored website health advice and campaigning and research work, now has a new name and logo. The two former lung charities have come together to create one organisation fighting for people’s right to breathe. Asthma and Lung UK says its new strategy and brand is urgently needed to shine a spotlight on the ‘shameful’ state of the UK’s lung health,
There are a number of resources which can be used to raise awareness about the campaign on their excellent website at the following link:
NHS/Health Education England E-Learning on Air Pollution
On this excellent website is a bite-sized session to give health and care professionals an overview of air pollution – including key evidence, data and signposting to trusted resources to help prevent illness, protect health and promote wellbeing:
Clean Air Day Events
The 2023 South West and Wales Air Quality Conference 21 June 2023
09:30 – 09:45 – Opening remarks
09:45 – 10:25 – Cllr Don Alexander, Bristol City Council
10:25 – 11:05 – Joseph Carter, Head of Asthma + Lung UK Cymru, Asthma + Lung UK
11:05 – 11:40 – Morning refreshments break
11:40 – 12:20 – Panel discussion
12:20 – 13:00 – Tessa Bartholomew-Good, Campaign Lead – Global Action Plan
13:00 – 13:55 – Lunch
13:55 – 14:35 – Dr Phillip Webb, Chief Executive Officer, Respiratory Innovation Wales
14:35 – 15:05 – Afternoon refreshments
15:05 – 15:45 – Robert Llewellyn, Fully Charged
15:45 – 16:25 – Professor Enda Hayes, Air Quality & Carbon Management – UWE Bristol
16:25 – 16:40 – Closing remarks
The 2023 South West & Wales Air Quality Conference – 21/06/23 Bristol – More Information and to Register at:-https://airqualitynews.com/events/event/aqnbristol/?
Aberdeen City Council Clean Air Day 2023 Event 15 June 2023 10.30am – 3.30pm
‘Promoting the benefits of reducing pollution to improve air quality’
Aberdeen City Council will host an event on St. Nicholas Street on Thursday 15th June between 10:30 and 15:30, organised by the Protective Services team, featuring exhibition stands, hedge men street entertainers and vehicles, including a hydrogen car, electric car and cargo bike, to promote key messages around reducing pollution and congestion to improve air quality. A number of organisations will be present on the day including the Aberdeen City Council (ACC) Cleaner Air for Aberdeen team, the ACC LEZ team, ACC Hydrogen Project, Big Issue bikes, First Bus, Enterprise Car Club, Energy Savings Trust, Getabout, Sustrans, Original FM Radio and the Hedge men street entertainers. Venue St Nicholas Street, Aberdeen. This is a Free to attend event and no ticket is required.
Hazards Campaign TUCAN Online Clean Air Day Meeting 6pm – 8.30pm 15 June 2023
Houses of Parliament Westminster – Clean Air Day – APPG on Air Pollution 15 June 2023 10:30 AM
About the Event: To mark this year’s Clean Air Day the APPG on Air Pollution will be co-hosting a panel event with Global Action Plan and Alzheimer’s Research UK to explore the latest evidence linking air pollution to mental health and brain conditions. Whilst the physical health impacts of air pollution – such as asthma, heart disease and cancers – have been recognised for decades, more recently, researchers are beginning to understand how air pollution can affect the brain and the mind, including conditions such as dementia, anxiety, and depression. Clean Air Day – the UK’s biggest air pollution campaign – is a galvanising moment to help drive a positive shift in public knowledge and action on air pollution. Through this event, speakers will consider how groups and policy makers can work together to raise the profile of air pollution and support measures to clean up our air. Speakers: – Professor Frank Kelly, Imperial College London – Overview of COMEAP report – Dr. Susan Mitchell, Head of Policy – Introduction to new research looking at mechanisms linking air pollution and dementia – Larissa Lockwood, Director Clean Air, Global Action Plan – Future collaboration for policy makers and air pollution and mental/brain health groups. This virtual event is being held on Clean Air Day, 15 June from 10.30-11.30. Registration:
The Environment Centre’s Clean Air, Clean Mind Webinar Series
The Environment Centre in Hampshire are hosting a ‘Clean Air, Clear Mind’ series of webinars on Clean Air Day, 15 June. Speakers include a range of experts who will discuss the latest research on air quality and brain health, including Dr. Ian Mudway (Imperial College London), Dr. Louise Kelly (University of Southampton) and Debbie Chase (Director of Public Health, Southampton City Council). This will be a four-part webinar on Thursday, 15th June, to raise awareness of the importance of keeping our air as clean as possible. Global Action Plan’s theme for the day is all about the impact that clean air has on our mind and the event will be using this theme throughout our agenda, which is set out below.
- Air pollution – brain smog and ultra-fine particle pollution.
- Air pollution and dementia.
- Talking to patients about how to breathe cleaner air.
- The public health and local authority perspective.
Further Information and to Book a Place go to: https://environmentcentre.com/blog-articles/clean-air-day-2023/?
Ricardo Air Pollution Footprint Toolkit launch
Environment consulting company Ricardo is launching a reporting toolkit for their Air Pollution Footprint Partnership. This is a free toolkit that will allow organisations to estimate their air pollution emissions, look at ways to reduce their emissions and share experiences with likeminded businesses. The launch event on Clean Air Day, 15 June, 09.15-13.00, will feature organisations that took part in the toolkit pilot.
Attend in Person or Virtually via Zoom. Registration at:- https://www.ricardo.com/en/news-and-insights/campaigns/air-pollution-footprint-partnership/air-pollution-footprint-partnership-toolkit-launch-registration?
Health expert spokespeople available for media and events
The UK Health Alliance on Climate Change (UKHACC) Ambassadors Spokesperson Network is a volunteer group of healthcare providers who are trained and ready to speak to the media on the health impacts of the air quality crisis. The spokespeople cover a wide range of professions, including doctors, nurses, general practitioners, mental health professionals and more. They also include leaders in their field, including chairs, directors and sustainability leads of medical royal colleges and associations. The membership of the organisations that make up UKHACC totals around 1 million UK healthcare workers. Book a Speaker by emailing: email@example.com
How Londoners can support Clean Air Day
This Clean Air Day, Global Action Plan are asking Londoners and Clean Air Day Supporters to get their local leaders and local councillors to support clean air plans and policies to clean up London’s air and make it easier to breathe clean air – whether that’s reducing the most polluting vehicles (such as the Ultra-Low Emission Zones), or enabling more people to walk, cycle or take public transport. Help spread the word and get Londoners to ask their local councillors to support solutions – like the Ultra-Low Emission Zone expansion – that make it easier to breathe cleaner air. Spread the word and use the GAP Website Comms Pack with suggested copy and images to use in social media on Clean Air Day (15 June). Download the Communication Pack – How Londoners Can Help Support Clean Air Day:-https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oST-gtb8DAInmWk8TsPWGG6b69OkUEqe/edit
Important Clean Air Websites:
About The Charity ‘Global Action Plan’ – The Clean Air Day Organisers and Further Information:
‘Global Action Plan’ is an environmental charity working towards a green and thriving planet where everyone can enjoy happy and healthy lives within the Earth’s limits without ruining the Earth we depend on. They aim to help people live more sustainable lifestyles, make connections between what’s good for people and good for the planet, work with young people on reducing consumerism and increasing wellbeing, bring business and people together to work on a sustainable future and help young people develop the skills and knowledge to tackle environmental issues which is good for the planet and for everyone’s future too. They tackle the root causes of our climate and nature crises through research, campaigns and collective action that reconnect human and planetary health. GAP focuses on issues where the connection between the health of people and the planet is most tangible. This allows GAP to show the deep interrelationship and drive solutions that prioritise wellbeing for all. The Charity’s key focus issue is air pollution. ‘Global Action Plan’ are a UK Charity registered in England and Wales number 1026148, and in Scotland number SC041260.
Global Action Plan
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London SE1 1JA
Tel: 020 3817 7636
- ‘Global Action Plan’ Graphics/Posters/Resources
- TUCAN Air Pollution Guidance for Trade Union Reps
- Wales TUC – Greener Workplaces Toolkit For Union Reps (Written By Graham Petersen)
Note: The information and resources in this LTB and attachments are to raise awareness and for ongoing reference, information and support beyond the Clean Air Day focal point which is organised to help build widespread, long term support for environmental clean air initiatives. It’s not just for one day!
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