This year Clean Air Day is on Thursday 17th June. Every year, air pollution causes up to 36,000 deaths in the UK. The World Health Organisation and 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.
What can you do to support Clean Air Day?
It's the perfect day to commit to swapping any car journeys for active and sustainable travel. At BetterPoints improving air quality is really important to us and underpins why we are trying to encourage people to make small changes to the way they move.
Clean Air Day prize draw
We want the planet to be the real winner but we are also creating a prize draw especially for this day. For any walk, run or cycle over 10 minutes you will receive one BetterTicket to win 10,000 BetterPoints.
As part of the National Trust 'Plant a Tree' campaign. 5,000 BetterPoints will cover the cost of planting a sapling in places for everyone to enjoy. Trees help to combat global warming by absorbing carbon dioxide, removing and storing carbon while releasing oxygen back into the air. If you'd like to have a tree planted, simply visiting the rewards section of the app and scroll to Plant a Tree - Donation.
Larissa Lockwood, Director of Clean Air at Global Action Plan who organise Clean Air Day, says:
"We all have a role to play in protecting our children’s health from the damaging consequences of air pollution – so they can learn and play safely. While face-to-face events will continue to be restricted this year, we hope people and organisations still make efforts to leave the car at home, hold knowledge sharing online events, share information and inspiration on social media and ensure that the demand for clean air is heard across the media to protect our children.”
So help us to plant more trees by making all your journeys on Thursday 17th June on foot, on two wheels or by public transport and improve the air quality in your area.