The Clean Air Strategy: We all have a role to play in tackling air pollution
The bold Clean Air Strategy demonstrates the rising momentum for enhancing our air high quality. That is partly attributable to higher understanding of the big quantity of hurt from air air pollution and likewise the advantages of getting a wholesome surroundings for all of us to work, reside and thrive in.
I don’t wish to downplay the nice strides made in lowering air air pollution within the UK. But while the London smogs of the 1950s have grow to be a factor of the previous air air pollution stays the most important environmental threat to public well being.
Strolling, biking and different types of energetic journey are nice for enhancing well being and lowering air air pollution, however too usually persons are delay by the danger of publicity to excessive concentrations of pollution. With an estimated impact equal to 28,000 – 36,000 deaths every year attributable to human-made air air pollution within the UK, motion is clearly wanted.
This technique outlines the federal government’s plans to cut back emissions from transport, farming, trade and our personal houses. If carried out comprehensively these measures will make an actual contribution to enhancing our air high quality. The technique additionally highlights a easy fact: the means and expertise are already out there to make supply of cleaner air possible for all of us. So what’s stopping us taking these steps? One motive I usually hear is that these measures run counter to financial progress and growth.
My view is the other. Air high quality and financial prosperity go hand in hand. Because the Secretaries of State for Well being and the Division for Atmosphere, Meals and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) highlighted in a newspaper article on Monday, cleaner air is sweet for enterprise with fewer work days misplaced to sick depart. It additionally gives alternatives for UK industries to be on the chopping fringe of cleaner applied sciences, creating expert UK jobs and creating experience right here.
The Secretary of State for Well being is true to name air air pollution a health emergency. None of us want to put ourselves or our kids in danger from the rising variety of circumstances linked to poor air high quality. We do wish to reside, convey up our kids and have the ability to develop outdated in cleaner environments and because the Clear Air Technique highlights it’s completely possible for us to take action.
Because it outlines, motion is required in any respect ranges and all of us have a job to play in serving to to guarantee that the air that we, and future generations, breathe is clear. I and PHE will proceed to assist the federal government, native authorities and wider public well being system to take the required motion by our world class science and recommendation. Please be a part of us on this effort.
Read our Health Matters edition on air pollution which focuses on the well being impacts that air air pollution can have throughout an individual’s lifetime, the related well being inequalities, and the present and future outlook each when it comes to new instances of illness and NHS and social care prices attributable to air air pollution.