Friends of the Earth Charitable Trust

Clean Air campaign

The recent IPCC report was clear: we have 12 years to avoid irreversible climate change and air pollution is a culprit. We're helping schools to educate future generations on the health risks of air pollution and we're calling for policy change on improving air quality in the UK.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 27 November 2018 to 12:00 PM, 4 December 2018

Registered Charity in England and Wales (281681)

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Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£50,000

Amount raised

£100,025

Donations

505

    Categories

  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing

    Helping

Location

Situation

Air pollution is a hidden killer, blighting lives across the country. It disproportionately affects children, older people and the most deprived in our society. The toxic gases and harmful particles that many of us breathe in contribute to asthma symptoms, heart disease, and lung cancer, leading to an estimated 36,000 early deaths across the UK every year, with diesel vehicles being the biggest emitter of such gases. The Government isn't taking strong enough action on this to save lives now.

Solution

By engaging with air quality in people's local areas, we'll raise awareness on the need to decarbonise transport through reducing our reliance on diesel vehicles whilst promoting a transition to affordable and accessible clean transport alternatives. We'll also work together with individuals, communities, and schools to tackle the air pollution in their local area, combining practical steps they can take to reduce their exposure to unhealthy air with pressure for policy change.

  • Air pollution is a hidden killer, blighting lives across the country

    — Aaron Kiely, Clean Air Campaign Lead

  • Children are affected more severely by air pollution due to the damage to their growing bodies. It can cause and worsen asthma, and in extreme cases reduce the size of their lungs by up to 10%.

    — Muna Suleiman, Campaign Officer

  • Our work, from grassroots to the level of national policy-making, has led to the passing of laws and policies, such as the landmark 2008 Climate Change Act, that shape the UK environment.

    — Aaron Kiely, Clean Air Campaign Lead

  • Our work, from grassroots to the level of national policy-making, has led to the passing of laws and policies, such as the landmark 2008 Climate Change Act, that shape the UK environment.

    — Aaron Kiely, Clean Air Campaign Lead

  • Air pollution is a hidden killer, blighting lives across the country

    — Aaron Kiely, Clean Air Campaign Lead

  • Children are affected more severely by air pollution due to the damage to their growing bodies. It can cause and worsen asthma, and in extreme cases reduce the size of their lungs by up to 10%.

    — Muna Suleiman, Campaign Officer