NRS Neuroprogressive and Dementia Network backs Clean Air Day 2022’s vital health message
16th June 2022
The NRS Neuroprogressive Disease and Dementia Network (NRS NDN) is throwing its support behind Thursday’s (16 June 2022) Clean Air Day, the UK’s largest air pollution campaign.
The day will be aiming to bring together communities, businesses, schools, and the health sector with this year’s theme – 'air pollution dirties every organ in the body' – in turn improving public understanding and increasing air pollution-mitigating behaviours.
Dr Tom Russ, Clinical Lead for NRS NDN, will be speaking at an All-Party Parliamentary Group at Westminster on Clean Air Day about the specific effects of air pollution on brain health. The meeting is organised by the environmental charity Global Action Plan.
He said: “We all have a role to play in collectively improving air quality, from small to big behavioural changes, and it’s never been more important to act. Clean Air Day is a fantastic opportunity to help spread this vital message, improving health, inspiring different ways of travel, changing the way energy is used in the home, and being less wasteful, to name just a few.
“At Westminster, myself and others will be attending a meeting organised by Global Action Plan, exploring the impact of air pollution on cancer and lung, heart and brain health, and what can be done to protect patient and public health. Air pollution can harm every organ in your body, shortening lives, and contributing towards chronic illness.”
Air pollution causes up to 36,000 deaths in the UK annually while The World Health Organisation and UK Government recognise that air pollution is the largest environmental health risk faced today.
The 2022 theme underlines the fact that air pollution can harm every organ in the body and shorten lives, and contribute towards chronic illness, potentially leading to lung disease, heart disease, dementia, and strokes.