Green MEP celebrates Clean Air Day with a call for a new Clean Air Act for Britain

Vocal air pollution campaigner Keith Taylor, Green MEP for the South East and a member of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee, is offering his full support to the nationwide Clean Air Day taking place on Thursday, 21 June.

In a statement, the senior Green Party politician said:

“I am proud to support Clean Air Day; it’s a vitally important way to help raise awareness of the dangers of air pollution.”

“I’ve been campaigning for better air quality across our towns and cities for years now, and am heartened that we now have initiatives like this, which are not only resonating with people but working to tackle the issue head-on.”

“I’m delighted to see so much planned for my constituency in the South East. From the school visits to bike rides, from festivals to public health events, people across the South East are supporting the call for action.”

“Air pollution poses a threat to the health of all of us, with the most vulnerable being most at risk; that’s why I am doing all I can in the European Parliament to strengthen air pollution policies and ensure the current laws are properly enforced.”

“Sadly, the air quality in the UK is so toxic that the EU has been forced to refer the Government to the European Court of Justice. Pollution levels have been in breach EU legal limits in the South East and across the country for years, yet Ministers have failed to take the urgent action necessary to clean up our air.”

“TIt is so important we, as campaigners, politicians, and citizens, continue lobbying the UK Government to maintain and strengthen vital EU air quality laws post-Brexit and create an Environment Watchdog with the legal might to enforce them.”

“Ultimately, however, Britain needs a new Clean Air Act fit for the 21st Century; that’s what Greens in Westminster are working on right now. Together we can and must deliver a cleaner, healthier future.”