Clean Air Day takes place in June every year, and aims to highlight the impact that poor air quality can have on our health, with a view to actively improving the air quality in your area.
Clean Air Day 2023
Clean Air Day takes place on Thursday 15 June 2023 and this year's focus is on three simple actions that we can all take to improve the air we breathe:
- Learn - find out more about air pollution impacts our mental, physical and planet's health
- Act - walk, wheel or use public transport to reduce your exposure and contribution to air pollution. If you drive, leave the car behind on Clean Air Day and then commit to doing so at least once a week
- Ask - get in touch with your local politicians to ask them to support clean air measures that make it easier for you to breathe clean air
Anyone interested is encouraged to visit the Clean Air Hub to find everything you need to know about clean air in one place.
The impacts of poor air quality
We naturally picture the impact of air pollution on our lungs and airways. That’s true for its short-term effects, like coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. Asthma can be triggered by immediate exposure to poor air quality too.
Over the long term, air pollutants can also damage the heart, blood vessels and brain. Poor air quality can be contributed to a baby’s low birth weight and reduce a child’s lung development, an effect that will stay with them for a lifetime.
Warwick District Council is working closely with local campaign group Clean Air Warwickshire to highlight the harmful impacts of air pollution in the community and show what steps can be taken to improve air quality in Warwick District.
Clean Air Day art installation
Local environmental action charity Action 21 and artist Libby Esler recently ran a series of workshops with community groups across the District to design a bike wheel art installation, which can be seen on the railings at St Nicholas Park (Banbury Road) from Wednesday 31 May 2023.
Each bike wheel has been decorated by young people and members of the Action 21 craft club, representing their aspirations for cleaner air. The installation features important information on the effects of air pollution and what simple steps can be taken to make a big difference.