A survey of 2000 adults has revealed the large majority of adults in the UK are anxious about air pollution and are concerned that they are not fully being informed of its dangers.
Global Action Plan, the charity behind Clean Air Day, have released the results from the first regular UK-wide survey of public awareness, attitudes and actions on air pollution. The Clean Air Public Insight Tracker (CAPIT) will be released quarterly and asked participants a range of questions related to air quality.
Each quarter, the data and summary report will be made publicly available for free, to boost the knowledge base for the whole air quality sector.
The first edition revealed that:
Chris Large, seniorÂ partner at Global Action Plan said: ‘We must let the public guide us with their level of concern and desire for action, how they have responded to the advice they have been given and the help they need to minimise local air pollution.
‘The Clean Air Day campaign, as the lead UK-wide public engagement resource on air quality, with our 200-strong local authority and health organisation supporter community, is where this guidance can most effectively be sourced and implemented.’
See the full survey results here. Clean Air Day is taking place on Thursday June 20.
The issue of public awareness on air quality came up when AirQualityNews.comÂ spoke to Humphrey Milles, who is hoping to launch a nationwide publicity campaign on the dangers of air pollution.
He said the government closing the Central of Office of Information in 2011 had a ‘catastrophic’ effect on the publicâ€™s knowledge of health issues.
‘Our information environment is rapidly becoming shaped almostÂ entirelyÂ by commercial interests,’ he said.
‘Corporate PR, advertising andÂ commercialÂ lobbying dictate government policy, dominate the newsÂ pages and formÂ the media.
‘Information relating to environmental,Â social and economicÂ issues which are essential for the public to makeÂ well-balancedÂ judgements and rational decisions is frequently missed,Â overlooked orÂ ignored as instead the public are encouraged to consumeÂ more and thinkÂ less.’