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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

National Clean Air Day - Event and Panel Discussion

Clean Air has risen up the agenda rapidly in recent years as the scale of the public health crisis has become clear. The equivalent of around 40,000 early deaths are caused each year by exposure to pollution, and much of this health impact is focused in urban areas.

The Government has an obligation to ensure that concentrations of pollutants reach legal levels as quickly as possible – which it has so far failed to do. As a result it has recently lost its second consecutive legal case at the High Court. As part of its response to this, it has recently published a public consultation on its Air Quality Plan.

This event - held on the first ever National Clean Air Day - will bring together policy makers, campaigners, health experts, businesses and the general public to raise awareness of this hugely important issue and discuss the case for how collective action to tackle air pollution over the coming months and years.

The event will be chaired by Jonathan Leake, Sunday Times Science & Environment Editor, with Fiona Godlee, British Medical Journal, Chris Large, Global Action Plan, Simon Birkett, Clean Air in London and Mark Walker, Seventh Generation Strategies presenting and debating the solutions to this growing challenge.

This event will be held on Thursday, 15th June from 9.00am - 11.00am at Great Ormond Street Hospital, Great Ormond Street, London WC1N 3JH.

This event is organised in partnership with Global Action PlanUK Health Alliance on Climate Change, and kindly sponsored by Zipcar and Ofo.