Do you know what
air pollution is doing
to your body?
We are fighting for your right to breathe clean air
Join the legal fight for clean air
Government ministers are denying us the right to breathe clean air.
Together, we can change this.
The UK Government was meant to make sure our air was safer to breathe by 2010. It has not tried hard enough, and air quality in 37 out of 43 zones across Britain is illegally poor. In fact, air pollution limits for the whole of 2017 were broken just 5 days into this year.
ClientEarth’s lawyers have successfully taken the government to court, twice, over its failure to tackle air pollution. Now, ministers must draw up new plans to clear the air.
But we need your help. The draft plans will be published soon. They need to be strong enough to put a stop to illegally dirty air, and for that, we need to keep the pressure up.
Sign up below, and we’ll let you know what you can do to help, very soon. This is your chance to help us make the air safer to breathe.
What is air pollution?
How does it affect us?
Breathing polluted air has wide-ranging harmful effects on our health. It poses even more serious risks to children, older people and people with existing medical conditions.
In the UK, air pollution is estimated to cause the equivalent of 40,000 early deaths every year - but pollution also affects our health and the quality of our life on a daily basis.
It has been linked to premature births and children developing smaller lungs as they grow up in polluted areas.
It causes cancer. It can also trigger heart attacks and strokes. It aggravates breathing conditions, increasing the risk of asthma attacks leading to more hospital admissions.
There is also a growing body of research linking air pollution to other illnesses, including diabetes, developmental problems for children and suggested links to dementia.
Our health is too
important to be a
That's why ClientEarth is calling for...
1. A comprehensive network of Clean Air Zones (CAZs) across the UK - these must keep the dirtiest vehicles out of the most polluted parts of our towns and cities and champion public transport, walking and cycling.
2. Alongside this we need to tackle the perverse fiscal incentives for diesel cars, and support people in switching from dirty diesel vehicles to cleaner forms of transport.
3. A new UK Clean Air Act to ensure and preserve our rights in law to breathe clean air.
This is your chance to help us do it.