UK Health Alliance on Climate Change
The UK Health Alliance on Climate Change brings together doctors, nurses and other health professionals to advocate for responses to climate change that protect and promote public health.
UKHACC Launches #PrescribingCleanAir Campaign
As the Environment Bill nears report stage, MPs will soon have a crucial opportunity to vote for stronger targets for particulate pollution, in line with the advice of the World Health Organization.
Air pollution is an invisible threat, which damages every organ and every cell in the body, and is not just a problem in our large towns and cities. It contributes to 40,000 premature deaths every year, and 20,000 hospital admissions. PM2.5 – fine particulate pollution – is small enough to penetrate deep into the lungs, crossing into the bloodstream.
Currently, legislation to protect public health from air pollution is weak and legal limits for fine particulate pollution are more than double the targets recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Changes in our behaviour this year have led to significant falls in air pollution. The potential benefits of cleaner air are clear, but without stronger targets the Government has no obligation to ensure the safety of the air we breathe.
Health professionals can make a difference
The health community has enormous potential to protect the public by advocating to political leaders, and, soon, MPs will be voting on an amendment to the Environment Bill to introduce a commitment to meeting WHO targets for PM2.5 pollution.
Now is your chance to make a difference.