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On 15th June, the first ever National Clean Air Day (NCAD) will see local schools, hospitals and communities across UK cities run events and inspire other local residents to act for their own health and the health of local children.

Across the UK’s city centres, air pollution is having a major impact on our health, with dirty air contributing to 40,000 deaths every year in the UK.

Many of the UK’s cities exceed the safe and legal limits for air pollution, which is mainly caused by road transport.

The launch of NCAD will give every school, hospital, workplace and housing estate free access to cutting-edge advice on avoiding and tackling urban air pollution, sourced from health experts and academics.

Events are already being planned in Birmingham, Derby, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham and Southampton; while all UK cities, including London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, will benefit from the free guides and toolkits available.

The day is co-ordinated by environmental change charity, Global Action Plan.

Chris Large, Partner at Global Action Plan, said: ‘We know that people do want to act on air pollution. But currently, they don’t know how to protect themselves and their children, or how to cut air pollution in their local area. 15th June will be a day of practical action, myth-busting and awareness-raising, so we can all breathe cleaner air.

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ABOUT NATIONAL CLEAN AIR DAY – “IF YOU ACT TODAY, WE’LL ALL BENEFIT TODAY”

  • National Clean Air Day will enable people to act on air pollution, making UK cities cleaner, healthier and greener for us all – especially children. Children are especially vulnerable to the effects of air pollution, and action to protect them will be a particular focus on the day. If you act today, we’ll all benefit today.
  • The day is supported by over 50 health institutions, councils and universities, including the Royal College of Physicians, the British Lung Foundation, and various NHS Trusts. With DEFRA funding awarded from the Air Quality Grant Scheme 2016-17 Global Action Plan is coordinating events with councils in a network of cities including Birmingham, Derby, Leeds, Greater Manchester, Nottingham and Southampton.

ABOUT GLOBAL ACTION PLAN

  • Global Action Plan brings people together and inspires them to take practical environmental action. We collect the impact of their actions and share their stories, so more people are inspired to change. We deliver national and global programmes, through a network of local delivery teams in over 24 countries, from The United States, UK to Hungary.
  • Our UK programmes have directly engaged over 400,000 people. We work with many kinds of organisation, from leading FTSE100 multi-national companies, to local schools and community bodies.
  • All revenue from GAP’s work with business goes straight back into our free programmes for schools, youth and community. We believe that environmental sustainability is an issue for everyone – and all parts of society should be addressing it.