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Clean Air Day 2022 theme confirmed
(24/03/22)
Air Pollution dirties every organ in your body. Take steps to improve your health this Clean Air Day

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.” 

 

Clean Air Day, the UK’s largest campaign on air pollution, today announces the theme for 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.” 

Air pollution can harm every organ in the body and shorten lives, contribute towards chronic illness and put people more at risk from COVID-19. When polluted air is breathed, it can inflame the lining of the lungs and move into our bloodstream, affecting every organ in the body. This can lead to lung disease, heart disease, dementia and strokes.  

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.  

Although Global Action Plan is communicating the primary action of walking, the charity will be promoting many other clean air actions. The prioritisation of walking enables focus on an action that can have major impact, provide a creative platform for communities and organisations to build an event around and build a new toolkit to help people walk more and ask for their area to become safe to walk. 

The 2022 Clean Air Day resources in line with this theme will be published for use in mid-April. The resources enable all audiences across the UK from individuals, schools, businesses, health organisations, community groups and local authorities to demonstrate support for action on air pollution. 

Larissa Lockwood, Director of Clean Air at Global Action Plan, says:

“This year’s theme highlights how air pollution can impact every organ in everybody – not just those who are vulnerable. Even though we can’t see it, air pollution impacts our health from our first breath to our last.  

However, it is solvable, and we can all do something to cut pollution to benefit our health, planet and community. Walking short trips instead of driving is a great way to reconnect with our local community, breathe cleaner air and get some exercise. But it’s not always easy, so this Clean Air Day also ask local decision makers for what would make it easier for you to walk more and have clean air in your community.” 

To stay up to date on Clean Air Day 2022, sign up to the newsletter, or for more information on how to protect your health from air pollution, head to the Clean Air Hub. 

 

 

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