Open Letter on the National Clean Air Strategy
Following publication of the National Clean Air Strategy, Community Law & Mediation and social justice, health and environmental organisations have issued an open letter calling on the Government to accelerate the adoption of WHO air quality standards as legally binding targets.
The signatories of the letter also called for a coordinated approach to tackling air pollution and energy poverty.
Welcoming the commitment in the National Clean Air Strategy to develop a new Clean Air Act, they called for greater enforcement provisions for local authorities and for work on this legislation to be progressed as a matter of urgency.
Air pollution is the single largest environmental health risk in Europe and currently accounts for 2,600 premature deaths across the island of Ireland per year.
The letter, signed by Age Action, Community Law & Mediation, Community Work Ireland, Environmental Justice Network Ireland, the Irish Heart Foundation, the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice, the National Women’s Council of Ireland, Pavee Point and Threshold can be read in full here.