Clean Air Day

Today, 17th June 2021 is Clean Air Day

Today is Clean Air Day where we should ditch the car and walk or cycle to work amongst other things that cause pollution to the air that we breathe.

We need to look after the planet because we are slowly destroying it and we are losing fauna and flora at a surprising rate

Approximately 25% of species are already threatened with extinction in most animal and plant groups studied.

Natural ecosystems have declined by 47% on average, relative to their earliest estimated states.

The global biomass of wild mammals has fallen by 82%.

BBC News, 2019

Mosses and other plants and lichens that grow on and around trees are an important part of biodiversity. They harbor a microcosmic world that’s a haven for organisms that are too small for us to see. They include our weirdest and most wonderful creatures such as rotifers, tardigrades and nematodes (Woodland Trust).
Image by SJ Butler Photography

…Environment means nature, and nature means us.
Humans are nature. Let’s not forget that.
The civilization we have acquired makes us think
that we are separate from nature, which is the most
dangerous thing in the world.

JH Fair

Clean Air Day is the UK’s largest air pollution campaign, bringing together communities, businesses, & schools to raise awareness of how air pollution affects health & improve public understanding of the issue.

Every year, air pollution causes up to 36,000 deaths in the UK.  

The World Health Organisation & the UK Government recognise that air pollution is the largest environmental health risk we face today. Poor air quality causes heart and lung diseases, is linked to low birth weight and children’s lung development and may even contribute to mental health issues (Global Action Plan.)

Image by SJ Butler Photography

Led by Global Action Plan, Clean Air Day brings together communities, businesses, schools and the health sector to:

  • Improve public understanding of air pollution.
  • Build awareness of how air pollution affects our health.
  • Explain the easy actions we can all do to tackle air pollution, helping to protect the environment and our health.

There are many environmental photographers showing the world in crises. You may like to look at a few that I’ve put in the links below
(I can’t be responsible for any of the outside links).


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