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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S5M-22944

Clean Air Day 2020

Date lodged: Monday, October 5, 2020

Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support

That the Parliament recognises that Clean Air Day is on 8 October 2020; notes with concern that, every year, air pollution causes up to 36,000 deaths in the UK; understands that poor air quality causes heart and lung disease, is linked to low birth weight, impacts children’s lung development and may even contribute to mental health issues; notes that Clean Air Day is led by Global Action Plan, bringing together communities, businesses, schools and the health sector to improve public understanding of air pollution, build awareness of how air pollution affects people's health and explain the easy actions everyone can take to tackle air pollution; recognises the importance of councils introducing ambitious low emission zones to improve air quality, protect public health and the environment, and welcomes the work done by charities, including Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation Partnership, to raise awareness of the importance of clean air to protect lung health, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.