Clean Air Day: Protecting Children’s Health from Air Pollution

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Join the APPG on Air Pollution and Global Action Plan for a discussion on what can be done to protect children’s health from air pollution.



Everyone should have the right to breathe clean air. Please join the APPG on Air Pollution and Global Action Plan on Thursday 17 June 2021, 9am-10am, for a panel discussion which will explore what can be done to protect children’s health from air pollution.


  • Geraint Davies MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Air Pollution (Chair)
  • Cllr Adam Harrison, Cabinet Member for a Sustainable Camden at Camden Council and UK100 spokesperson
  • Rosamund Kissi-Debrah, Co-Founder and Executive Director, The Ella Roberta Family Foundation and World Health Organisation Advocate, Health and Air Quality
  • Professor Sir Stephen Holgate, MRC Clinical Professor of Immunopharmacology, UKRI Clean Air Champion and Special Advisor to the RCP on Air Quality
  • Larissa Lockwood, Director of Clean Air at Global Action Plan
  • Boka Batesa, Co-Founder of Choked Up
  • We will also hear video messages from child patients about the negative impacts that toxic air has on their health.


Every year, between 28,000 and 36,000 people die as a result of toxic air pollution in the UK. Children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of air pollution, which can stunt the growth of their lungs and cause and exacerbate asthma.

The recently published coroner’s ‘Report to Prevent Further Deaths’ concluded that air pollution was the main cause of the death of Ella Kissi-Debrah, a nine-year old child who had severe asthma and lived close to London's busy South Circular road.

The report recommends that the government introduce legally enforceable limits of particulate matter based upon WHO standards on air quality.

Since Ella's death, her mother Rosamund has become a leading figure in the campaign for clean air, and she will be speaking at this event about what action can be taken to protect children’s health from toxic air.

The event

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Air Pollution, whose secretariat is provided by UK100, is hosting an event with Global Action Plan on Clean Air Day about protecting children’s health from air pollution.

They will be bringing together those impacted by and campaigning against toxic air with a leading researcher on the health impacts of air pollution and a councillor implementing an ambitious Clean Air Action Plan in Camden.

The discussion will make the case for urgent action on air pollution, introducing the campaign for legally enforceable WHO limits on particulate matter to be included in the Environment Bill.

The event aims to increase public understanding of the adverse health impacts of toxic air, and will call for parents to be advised on air pollution via paediatricians and public health campaigns.

Find out more about the campaign here - Take action now to tackle air pollution

This event is open to all members of the public and there will be opportunities for Q&A with members of the audience.

It'll be recorded and available to watch online on the APPG on Air Pollution’s website if you are not able to join us on the day.

Supported by UK100 who provide the secretariat for the APPG on Air Pollution.

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