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Clean Air

We challenged the Government to review its Clean Air Strategy – but we were denied permission to bring that challenge. But there’s a silver lining, as the judge left the door open for further challenges on the ‘precautionary principle’ on environmental hazards.

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Case overview

There is mounting scientific evidence from around the world that links dirty, polluted air with both the occurrence and severity of Covid-19. Put more starkly, air pollution means that not only are you more likely to contract the virus, you are also more likely to die if you do.

When the risk to human life is this great, we cannot afford to wait for the link to be proven beyond all doubt. The Government must urgently review its air pollution strategy. We believe they have a legal obligation to do so, and we intend to hold them to it.