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The Clean Air Movement

Global Action Plan's role is to fuel the Clean Air movement by mobilising and enabling people and organisations to act on air pollution and ensure their voice is heard

 

To breathe clean air every day we need to make rapid changes: adopting electric vehicles, avoiding millions of car journeys, slashing industrial and construction emissions and stopping buying products that cause pollution in our homes. To see change at this scale requires us to work as a movement, with changemakers across the country modelling that change, and exerting pressure on government and major polluters.

 

Air pollution causes heart and lung disease and results in over 36,000 people in the UK dying each year. Clean air is essential for our health, and the co-benefits of clean air measures are also good for our wellbeing as well as being good for the planet.

Global Action Plan's Clean Air Projects

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Build Back Cleaner Air

 

The coronavirus crisis and lockdown measures have had a profound impact on our health and freedom. However, these circumstances have also resulted in a rare opportunity to reflect, reconsider and change the way we are living for the better. As unwelcome as this situation is, we must take this chance to ensure clean air is part of our new “normal”. 

 

 

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The Clean Air Hub

 

The Clean Air Hub is the UK's go-to-public information source on air pollution It is a web platform that brings together reliable, easy to understand information together in one place, giving the public confidence in the information they are receiving on the sources and health impacts of air pollution, air pollution forecasts and, crucially, air pollution action.

 

 

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Clean Air Day

 

Clean Air Day is the UK's largest air pollution campaign, engaging thousands of people at hundreds of events, and reaching millions more through the media. This year, Clean Air Day is on 8 October 2020.  Coordinated by Global Action Plan, Clean Air Day brings together communities, businesses, education and the health sector, improving public understanding of air pollution, building awareness of how air pollution affects our health and explaining some of the easy things we can all do to tackle air pollution, helping to protect our health and the environment too.

 

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Air Pollution Calculator

 

Air pollution affects you from your first breath to your last and kills up to 36,000 people each year in the UK. But our air pollution crisis is solvable. Use our Personal Air Pollution Calculator to work out your individual contribution to air pollution in the UK, and find out what you can do to reduce emissions and protect your health.

 

 

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Clean Air Hospital Framework

 

Air pollution is a health issue, but it is also a health opportunity and is one that every healthcare organisation needs to act on. Developed in partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital, use the Clean Air Hospital Framework to develop a bespoke clean air action plan for your hospital. Self-assess your progress and set ambitions on tackling air pollution in seven key areas: travel, procurement & supply chain, construction, energy, local air quality, communication & training and hospital outreach & leadership

 

 

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The Clean Air for Schools Framework

 

Children are one of the groups most at risk from air pollution. We therefore need to improve air quality in and around schools. To help headteachers and governors decide which actions will best tackle the air pollution problem in their school we have developed the Clean Air for Schools Framework. This easy-to-use online tool will help any school develop and implement a clean air action plan with links tot he UK's best guidance on resources on how to improve local air quality and reduce students exposure to air polltuion.

 

 

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Clean Air Public Insights Tracker

 

It is vital that an accurate and up to date understanding of public awareness, attitudes and behaviour around air pollution is at the heart of all public engagement and local and national decision making. In partnership with Opinium we run the UK wide Clean Air Public Insight Tracker (CAPIT) which provides quarterly information on public awareness and attitudes to air quality and how the public are modifying their behaviour to protect themselves.

 

 

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Business for Clean Air

 

Developed by the Business for Clean Air Taskforce, Business for Clean Air (BfCA) is a voluntary initiative that companies can join to signal their commitment to addressing air pollution. Clean air makes business sense, and the BfCA resources provide support on what to do to reap these benefits. Join with other major businesses to forge a movement of companies committed to improving air quality, cutting emissions and cleaning up communities across the UK. 

 

 

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Business Clean Air Taskforce

 

The Business Clean Air Taskforce (B-CAT) is a coalition of businesses committed to improving air quality in the UK. The B-CAT mission is to help accelerate the transition to a society with clean and healthy air in a way that ensures the public realises the benefit and avoids any risks of the transition. In order to do this, the B-CAT will galvanise other businesses to make the low pollution choice easier and more attractive for people.

 

 

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Clean Van Commitment

 

Global Action Plan and its partners are asking van fleet operators and individual van owners to sign up to the Clean Van Commitment – a public pledge to move to zero emission vans in cities by 2028. By joining the government-backed Clean Van Commitment (CVC) and switching to zero emission vans, you’ll be helping to improve the air our communities breathe, reduce greenhouse gases and drive economic growth.