Global Action Plan has launched this year’s Clean Air Day resources ahead of the June 17 campaign.
The 2021 resources will enable audiences across the UK, from individuals, schools, businesses and community groups to demonstrate support for action on air pollution.
The resources support ‘do and say’ actions in line with this year’s Clean Air Day theme: ‘protect our children’s health from air pollution.’ Such actions include grassroots beaviour asks such as going polluting-vehicle free, to supporting high-level council action.
Specific actions include:
- Individuals – are being asked to go polluting-vehicle free by leaving the car at home and refraining from ordering non-essential, polluting deliveries as well as supporting their local authority’s actions to tackle air pollution to protect children’s health.
- Schools – are being asked to host assemblies to raise awareness on air pollution, to encourage parents, carers and teachers to leave the car at home and to tell their local council what they want to see happening to tackle air pollution by writing or tweeting them.
- Local authorities – are being asked to communicate the health risks of air pollution and how to tackle it to schools, residents, businesses and health groups with the need for action and say what they are doing to protect children’s health from air pollution.
Larissa Lockwood, director of Clean Air at Global Action Plan, says: ‘Our children have not been exempt from the turmoil and disruption caused by the global pandemic. As we return to our lives, we must take this chance to create a healthier environment for our children to go back to – where they can learn and play safely. By protecting our children from the damage caused by air pollution, we are protecting their future.
‘This Clean Air Day we must all come together – individuals, schools, businesses, local authorities across the UK to collectively take action and seize this moment to support change, for good. We have a once in a lifetime opportunity for change. We must use it.’
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