Martin Whitfield MSP is urging communities and organisations in South Scotland to get involved in this year’s Clean Air Day.

Clean Air Day (15th June) is a UK-wide campaign to highlight the importance of clean air and reducing air pollution. The Clean Air Day Scotland campaign is delivered in partnership with Environmental Protection Scotland.

This year’s Clean Air Day resources help to highlight how air pollution can affect mental and brain health, not just the physical health impacts. They also seek to demonstrate how switching to active travel can bring health and environmental benefits.

The campaign has a wide range of supporting resources available. These include a social media pack, a letter template to ask for air quality measures, newsletter and website copy, and an event pack. There is also content to help health professionals have conversations with patients about air pollution, assembly packs, lesson plans and activities, and many more.

Commenting on his support for Clean Air Day, Martin Whitfield MSP said: 

“Air pollution is the most significant environmental health risk we face today. It has a hugely negative impact on the nation’s health, causing heart and lung disease and resulting in over 36,000 people in the UK dying each year. 

“Clean Air Day is a vital opportunity to highlight the importance of striving for clean air and the health and environmental benefits it can bring for individuals and society. I’m urging constituents to find out more about the day and consider getting involved this year to help promote clean air in their local area.”

Find out more about Clean Air Day and how to get involved at Clean Air Day | Action for Clean Air.