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Newsletter: 48 days to go to Clean Air Day 2019!

We've been busy getting ready for Clean Air Day, and have recently begun our 50 day countdown. Have a look at our latest updates to read how we're working to connect what's good for us, and good for the planet.


The immediate impact of action on air quality


an infographic showing that London saw a 96.5% drop in air pollution during the 2019 marathon comparied to an average april sunday

Last weekend's London Marathon saw a jaw-dropping 96.5% drop in air pollution during the marathon, when the roads were closed to traffic. We took a look at the data from the Walbrook Wharf monitoring station at Upper Thames Street - the closest monitoring site to the marathon - and compared it to an average April Sunday.


The results are staggering. If this can happen in just one day, imagine what could happen if we all got involved. With 48 days to go until Clean Air Day, what will you do? Whether you fancy running an event, closing a street, working from home, or getting drivers to switch off their engines, we have all the advice and materials you need to get involved, available to download for free from our Clean Air Day website. (Resources available now for England and Scotland, Welsh resources will be available mid May.)


Free Clean Air Day resources for England


Free Clean Air Day resources for Scotland



65,000 vans to be zero emission by 2028


A man in a 100% electric van

We're very happy to share that the total number of vans pledged to join the Clean Van Commitment currently stands at 65,000. Global Action Plan coordinates this public commitment for fleets to switch to zero tailpipe emission vans, in cities, by 2028. Some of the largest van fleet operators – including Network Rail, Tesco, Arval, Mitie, Siemens and the British Heart Foundation are among the latest of our 29 signatories.


When we launched in 2018, we had big ambitions of transitioning the UK’s 4 million vans. The response has been tremendous and far bigger than we thought it would be. The initiative caught the imagination of the UK government and is now funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and the Clean Van Commitment partner ENGIE. Find out more about how your work fleet can join the Clean Van Commitment.


Read more about the Clean Van Commitment



A new wave of water-saving H2O Heroes


H2O Heroes at City Hall

This April, Thames Water and Global Action Plan celebrated Telferscot Primary School from Balham, who were the winning school at this year's H20 Heroes celebration event at City Hall.


Funded by Thames Water since 2014, and delivered by Global Action Plan, the H20 Heroes programme has involved 49 schools and trained 917 children to date. Over the course of a 3-month long programme, H20 Heroes workshops inform and inspire students to think about the sustainability of our water supply, and empower them to create a campaign to talk to peers, teachers and families about saving water.


Read more about H2O Heroes



If your business would like to collaborate with Global Action Plan on a project, work with our Youth Panel, or support one of our programmes, please contact us at [email protected]
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Have a great Bank Holiday weekend, 
The Global Action Plan team

Find out more about our work:


Our Clean Air Work
Our Wellbeing & Consumerism Work
Our Youth and Schools work