A Clean Air Act for the 21st Century

Dirty air is not only found in London but also in cities like Birmingham, Cardiff, Belfast and Glasgow and towns like Truro, Llandeilo and Lanark. Annually, air pollution across the UK causes an estimated 40,000 early deaths, and affects the daily life of thousands of people who have no choice but to breathe dirty air. Air pollution affects us all, from the womb to old age. It triggers strokes, heart and asthma attacks and is linked to premature births and stunted lung growth in children.

CIWEM is part of the Healthy Air Campaign calling for fresh legislation to reduce air pollution. We see the campaign for a new Clean Air Act as a way to connect and strengthen the existing work of organisations tackling air pollution.

Client Earth, on behalf of the campaign, have announced the results of a survey this week canvassing the views of 1,670 adults. It found that 58% believed the current levels of air pollution in the UK to be either harmful or very harmful to health, a figure that rose to 73% among Londoners. 65% of those polled said they would support a new Clean Air Act to tackle the issue.

To find out more about the campaign you can visit the website here.