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Posted on 17 May 2023

Clean Air day - Thursday 15 June 2023

Clean Air Day is the UK's largest air pollution campaign, aimed at driving a positive shift in public knowledge and action to tackle air pollution and make our air cleaner and healthier. The whole school community can get involved with various activities using the available resources.

The theme for this year’s campaign is: “Clean up our air to look after your mind.” Many of us are aware of the physical impacts of air pollution, such as asthma, lung cancer and heart disease, but the latest research shows air pollution can also affect the brain and mental health, leading to depression, anxiety and dementia.

The campaign will encourage people to visit the Clean Air Hub where you can:

  • learn about how air pollution impacts our mental, physical and planet's health and how to protect yourself and others
  • get your personalised action plan to help reduce your exposure to air pollution
  • take action, by contacting your local councillor to support clean air measures in your area

More information on this year's theme is available from the Global Action Plan website.

Clean Air for Schools

Air pollution impacts negatively on everyone's health, but children are particularly at risk as their immune systems, lungs and brains are still developing. Air pollution can affect children's physical health and ability to learn, yet the majority of children in the UK are still exposed to dangerously high levels of air pollution as almost all schools are in areas above World Health Organisation (WHO) air pollution limits

The Schools Action for Clean Air webpage has a wide range of educational resources, activities and practical tools to inspire schools to learn about air pollution and promote clean air policies in their school communities. 

Other useful links

Air pollution calculator 

Transform Our World - Clear Air for Schools resources

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