On Clean Air Day, I joined Global Black Maternal Health (GBMH) for the first annual Black Child’s Clean Air Conference. We know that Black people are more likely to live in areas with higher concentrations of air pollution. Our own borough of Lambeth has one of the largest Black populations anywhere in London and was also home to one of our city’s most polluted roads. It was great to hear about GBMH’s extensive report into the impact this is having on pregnant Black mothers and their babies. As well as taking the necessary action at scale to tackle outdoor air pollution, it was also good to discuss the need to increase awareness around the risks of indoor air pollution like damp and mould, household chemicals, and smoke exposure. Like the climate emergency at large, these things require a joined-up approach from across government departments.
Attending the First Black Child Clean Air Conference 2023
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