Clean Air Day

The 20th of June 2023 is Clean Air Day and is the UK’s largest air pollution campaign. It encourages everyone to take action to help reduce air pollution and usually involves hundreds of events around the country.

Cleaning up our air is good for us in many ways: it not only benefits our physical health and the environment but can also protect our mental and brain health. The physical health impacts of air pollution – such as asthma, heart disease and cancers – have been recognised for decades. More recently, researchers are beginning to understand how air pollution can affect the brain and the mind.

 

What you can do

 

There are 2 simple steps we can all take to cut down on the air pollution we cause and use our voices to fight for a cleaner air future:

  • Talk to someone about the harms of air pollution.
  • Walk those short distance trips and leave the car at home, where you can.

Other things you can do are:

To improve awareness of air pollution, Pollution Patrol is a free online interactive story for primary aged children. Children can visit the town of Sooting in Pollution Patrol, to find out more about sources and impacts of air pollution and how they can reduce their emissions, in school or at home with parents.

What we're doing

 

Together with Medway Council, and Kent's 12 district and borough councils, we are part of the Kent and Medway Air Quality Partnership. We support the other local authorities in this partnership to meet their legal duties to monitor and take action to address areas of poor air quality.

Find out more about air quality in Kent.