The difference clean air can make to children’s lives will be the focus of this year’s National Clean Air Day on June 17th after research revealed reducing air pollution levels could improve children’s learning.
A report by the Global Action Plan, the Philips Foundation and University of Manchester indicated that reducing levels of air pollution by 20% could improve a child’s working memory by 6%, which is equal to about four weeks extra learning time per year – or a year over their education lifetime.
Clean Air Day is the UK’s largest air pollution campaign, engaging thousands of people at hundreds of events, and reaching millions more through the media.
And Syntegra plans to host its own air quality workshop on the day for clients to help raise awareness of the issues and showcase how best businesses can improve indoor AQ in their premises and reduce their pollutants externally.
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.
Led by Global Action Plan, Clean Air Day brings together communities, businesses, schools and the health sector to:
- Improve public understanding of air pollution.
- Build awareness of how air pollution affects our health.
- Explain the easy actions we can all do to tackle air pollution, helping to protect the environment and our health.
Syntegra’s air quality team has significant expertise in conducting air quality assessments, indoor AQ monitoring, odour assessments and bioaerosol assessments, among a range of services offered to clients as part of their sustainability impact.
To mark this year’s Clean Air Day on June 17th, we plan to host a virtual workshop for clients to learn more about the services we provide and how we can help you to help the environment – and protect our children’s health.
Look out for further information about our workshop and the national initiative.