Clean Air Day 2019 #Airpollution

Air Quality: 'The Invisible Killer'

Approximately 7 million people worldwide die prematurely each year from air pollution, with about 4 million of these deaths occurring in Asia-Pacific (UN, 2019). World Environment Day 2019 will urge governments, industry, communities, and individuals to come together to explore renewable energy and green technologies and improve air quality in cities and regions across the world.

Air pollution affects over 91% of the world’s population and requires concerted action to raise awareness and reduce harmful emissions. Working together, environment and sustainability professionals can help to make a positive difference to tackle the ‘invisible killer’ that is poor air quality.” - Martin Baxter, IEMA

IEMA for the 2nd year running is working in partnership with a variety of organisations to use the Power of Partnership to promote World Environment Day and help Educate and empower both our members and the general public on this year’s theme of Air Quality. On this page, you’ll find a collection of resources - from both IEMA and beyond - to help you take action in your organisation and local community.

Clean Air Day – Event Tools

Clean Air Day is on the 20th June and the website has a range of resources to help you organise and host events and activities. Engage and empower your local community to improve air quality in your area.

IEMA World Environment Day/Clean Air Day activity

In this year's WED webinar, we were joined by Meghna Das and Rebecca Dallison from UNICEF giving an insightful overview of the Global implication of Air pollution and Toxic Air, the global picture of air pollution and how it impacts children’s lives, UNICEF’s role and priorities going forward and with opportunities of developing a shared agenda & working together on this issue.


  • 11th June – A Breath of Fresh Air - Together we can #BeatAirPollution | Leeds

As part of the World Environment Day programme of events, IEMA Yorkshire and Humberside would like to welcome you to 'A Breath of Fresh Air'. If you are interested in finding out more about the issues of air quality and how the UK and Leeds is driving initiatives to #beatairpollution, then come along to hear speakers talk about their experiences in working on this important topic.


  • 12th June – Turning #ClimateEmergency to #ClimateOpportunity | London

In this event, organised by the IEMA Sussex and Surrey Regional Network and hosted by Merlin Entertainment, we’ll hear from leaders in the sustainability field on the opportunities that are starting to be presented from climate change, and how we can use innovation to secure the benefits to us and our surrounding environment.


  • 12th June – Air Quality Seminar to Celebrate World Environment Day | Belfast

Belfast City Council, in partnership with other statutory agencies, has highlighted a series of measures to improve air quality across the city by 2020.This seminar will discuss the Local Air Quality Management Plan and our work towards providing cleaner air in Belfast by 2020.


Stephen Thompson FIEMA presented on the progress in developing Low Emission Zone (LEZ) legislation in Scotland via the Transport (Scotland) Bill. The Scottish Government has committed to introducing four LEZs in Scotland’s four largest cities by 2020


This event is a brilliant opportunity to network with like-minded individuals from different stages in their careers. Gain an understanding of low carbon solutions for cities, your company and yourself, while developing your debating and negotiating skills. There will also be a social following the event.


An overview of the legal controls that currently apply to air quality in England and an overview of the Government’s latest Air Quality Strategy, alongside a summary of recent air quality focused legal cases featuring Leeds Clean Air Zone

Power of Partnerships

This project is to promote World Environment Day and has been developed by a partnership collaboration of IEMA Corporate Members, and the Society of the Environment and hosted by IEMA. Special thanks to the following Corporate Members and partners for their support.

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