The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) is marking 2 years since the publication of Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution with a 2018 progress update and a Westminster event that will bring stakeholders and parliamentarians together to accelerate action on air pollution.
Since the publication of Every breath we take the scale of the UK’s air pollution crisis has been recognised, and there is support for action at local and national level. However, the immediate and robust action needed from government has not materialised.
The government’s 2017 air quality plan was a missed opportunity to show the commitment and leadership required to tackle the UK’s dirty air crisis.
Today, we are bringing together parliamentarians and policy makers to accelerate action to tackle air pollution. Participants will discuss what more needs to be done to protect and improve the public’s health and how health professionals can play their part.
Reducing air pollution in the UK: Progress report 2018 lays out the air pollution crisis facts, the government response so far, and the action needed to tackle the problem.