Air quality - why it matters?

Air Quality Illustration

According to the World Health Organisation, air pollution is one of the greatest environmental risks to health.

By reducing air pollution levels, boroughs can reduce the burden of disease from stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, and both chronic and acute respiratory diseases, including asthma.

Air pollution can impact your health and of your loved ones, especially the young and the most vulnerable.

Studies show that air pollution can reduce life expectancy by 7 to 8 months on average, with associated costs reaching up to £20 billion yearly.

That is why Ealing Council is constantly working to improve the quality of the air we all breathe.

Knowledge is power

Air pollution poses risks to people of all ages, but certain groups, like children and those with pre-existing health conditions, are more vulnerable.

Children Graphic
Elderly Graphic
Those with lung disease
Pregnant women

Long-term exposure to pollutants can lead to heart and lung diseases, cancer, and even impair cognitive functions.

All of us can make small changes in our lives which can improve our own family’s health and join the fight to reduce air pollution.

For instance, leaving the car at home and walking to school or to your workplace, you not only ensure an active start to your day but also contribute to reducing pollution-related health risks.


Find out more

  • Go to what can I do to find out more about how you can play your part and make our air cleaner.