Posted on 13 May 2022
Clean Air day is 16 June 2022.
In its sixth year, Clean Air Day helps to drive a positive shift in public knowledge and action; is a chance to find out more about air pollution, share information, and make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone.
The theme for this year’s campaign is: “Air pollution dirties every organ in your body. Take steps to improve your health this Clean Air day.”
The primary actions the campaign will be promoting this year include:
- Talking to someone about the harms of air pollution.
- Walking those short distance trips and leaving the car at home, where you can.
- Asking local and national decision makers for what would make it easier for you to walk more and have clean air in your community.
More information on this years theme is available from the Global Action Plan website.
Why it’s important to raise awareness on Air Pollution?
Air pollution negatively impacts on everyone's health, but it has a greater effect on certain groups of people.
These include children, older people, those with underlying health conditions and other vulnerable people.
Air pollution is associated with health conditions including wheezing, coughing, worsening of respiratory diseases such as asthma and chronic bronchitis, lung cancer and hospital admissions from respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.
It's also estimated that air pollution is a contributing factor in approximately 400 deaths per year in Derbyshire.
Read more about Air Quality and the impacts in Derbyshire on the Derbyshire County Council website.
What can you and the school community do?
There are several activities that schools can get involved in, from something small like a themed assembly on Clean Air Day, making pledges to walk more meaning less car fumes, or becoming “Clean Air Detectives”.
There are lots of useful resources and planned lessons/activities/print outs available from a number of websites, including the Transform Our World website, Address Pollution website and two pages of the Action for Clean Air website - the Clean Air Day webpage and the Schools Action for clean air webpage.
Other useful links
Other links which schools may find useful include the Clean Air Hub website, the GOV.UK website and the Defra website.
You can share your Clean Air day with us on Twitter.
Have you seen how your school can get involved with Modeshift STARS - Travel Plan in Education, Business & Communities.
Visit Mode of travel data collection page on the SchoolsNet website for more information.