How cleaner air helps the economy
Air pollution doesn’t just damage our health, it is costing taxpayers a lot of money. That's because it puts a burden on health and social care services, and sick days from work cost money.
An extra £1.6 billion a year
A recent report (PDF) found that the UK economy could benefit to the tune of £1.6 billion each year if it were to achieve the guidelines set by the WHO for air quality.
Cleaner cities are good for business
Healthier communities that are more resilient and less likely to get sick, are good for businesses. Studies have shown that more walking and cycling in city centres can also boost consumer spending on the high street.
Cleaner air is needed to build back better from COVID-19
Given that many people with long-term breathing challenges from COVID-19 are also likely to be more susceptible to air pollution, protecting at-risk groups and improving the nation’s lung health has never been more critical. Now is our opportunity to build back better and healthier, to ensure that children grow up breathing air that isn’t damaging their health or their futures.
Air pollution is a health emergency and must be taken seriously. Sign our petition asking for change today
How can I protect myself from air pollution?
Advice on how to protect your lungs from air pollution and what you can do to tackle it.
How air pollution makes society more unequal
Studies suggest that many of the poorest people live near busy main roads where air pollution is at an increased rate. Find out more about how air pollution increases health inequality.