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This article focuses on information specific to the United Kingdom. Please see our Environment quality page for a topic overview.

“I don’t drive to birdwatch any more. I walk from my house. I’m under no pressure to see anything exciting. I’ve stopped commodifying it. I just think of being out where I should be. Whenever I do that I’m really thankful for it. Nature is not there to make me feel better. It’s something we can use to help us but ultimately we have to be there for it as well. And we’ve got to make wholesale changes to how we live.” Joe Harkness [1]

Environmental inequality in the United Kingdom[edit | edit source]

UK environmental inequalities refers to the way in which the quality of the environment differs between different communities in the UK.

Examples of environmental inequalities in the UK include: Access to parks, green spaces and the natural environment; Exposure to flood risk; Air pollution; Exposure to harmful chemicals; Transport-related problems and Proximity to waste and landfill sites.

Responses to UK environmental inequalities have included NGO's, academia and government. W

Campaigns[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Apps for sustainability[edit | edit source]

FixMyStreet - LitterGram

Citizens data initiative[edit | edit source]

UK AIR, air quality information resource, Defra

Maps[edit | edit source]

England Noise and Air Quality Viewer, extrium.co.uk added 16:56, 13 July 2020 (UTC)

How clean is the air where you are? foe.co.uk

NightBlight, CPRE

UK Ambient Air Quality Interactive Map, Defra UK, government site

What's in Your Backyard? Local and national environmental data from the Environment Agency

Networks[edit | edit source]

Other resources[edit | edit source]

  • Noisenuisance.org, a source of advice and help for those suffering from noise pollution added 17:00, 13 July 2020 (UTC)

News and comment[edit | edit source]


Aug 21 A ban on SUV ads could help create the happier cities we want, Nicola Round [2]

Aug 12 The government is looking the other way while Britain's rivers die before our eyes, George Monbiot [3]

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Jul 3 Environment quality news: Sonic doom: how noise pollution kills thousands each year [4]

Mar 16 Huge knowledge gap over health of soil [5]

Feb 22 With every flood, public anger over the climate crisis is surging, Gaby Hinsliff [6]

Feb 18 How we ended up paying farmers to flood our homes, George Monbiot [7]


Nov 11 Flood defences simply aren't good enough – here’s what needs to be done [8]

Extinction Rebellion

Oct 21 Air pollution is now a 'health emergency', head of NHS England warns [9]

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Oct 13 Don’t frack with us: meet the victorious activist ‘Nanas’ of Lancashire [10]

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Sep 16 In July 2019, Surrey County Council declared climate emergency. Two months later, they gave the go-ahead to plans for four more oil wells at Horse Hill, near Gatwick. To highlight the dangers of more oil drilling in a time of climate emergency, there will be a demonstration in October. [11]

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Sep 10 Somerset: If a corporation can have "legal personhood", so can a river. And not just the River Ganges... but the River Frome too. [12]

Feb 5 UK parents 'worryingly unaware' of damage from air pollution [13]

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Jan 4 Local councils heading for fracking showdown with government. Greater Manchester tells firms they are not welcome [14]


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Climate action UK: Top climate scientist blasts UK’s fracking plans as 'aping Trump’, Oct 13 [15]

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Campaigners celebrate as oil drilling at Surrey Hills site is blocked, Sep 4 [16]


London news: London considering car-free days in effort to tackle deadly pollution problem, May 15 [17]

Deposit return scheme in fight against plastic, Mar 28 [18]


London news: London trials free water bottle refills in bid to cut plastic waste, Mar 15 [19]

Most UK parents back air pollution exclusion zones around schools, Feb 26 [20]

Government air quality plan ruled ‘unlawful’, Feb 21 [21]

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Scotland to ban all plastic straws as Holyrood backs Sunday Mail campaign, Feb 11 [22]

25-Year Environment Plan inquiry launched, Feb 1 [23]

Plastic bottles: Free water refill points rolled out to cut waste, Jan 25 [24]



London news: Sadiq Khan to tell London councils they should ban fracking, Nov 26 [25]


Berkshire: Slough council unveils Low Emission Strategy, Nov 27 [26]

UK government sued for third time over deadly air pollution, Nov 7 [27]

Revealed: government spent £370,000 losing air pollution legal battles, Oct 23 [28]

Pollution is killing 50,000 people in the UK every year, Oct 20 [29]

ClientEarth threatens UK with legal action as councils miss air pollution targets, Oct 19 [30]

UK citizens are taking air pollution monitoring into their own hands, Sep 1 [31]

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Bristol news: Bristol’s rubbish heroes, Jun 22 [32]


London news: Mayor plans to introduce Ultra Low Emission Zone in April 2019, Apr 4 [33]


Cars don’t just choke our children – they tear a hole in our communities, George Monbiot, Nov 8 [34]


Smoke and Mirrors, September 22 [35]


UK admits that air quality targets will be missed by 20 years, July 10 [36]

How the smog in Nottingham became worse than Beijing – and David Cameron made up a lot of unscientific nonsense, April 4 [37]

Events[edit | edit source]



September 18 - 21 Beachwatch

May 18 - 23 Noise Action Week

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April 24 - 30 Big Beach Clean-up
Marine Conservation Society

See also[edit | edit source]

Interwiki links[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia: Environmental inequality in the United Kingdom

External links[edit | edit source]

Information from gov.uk[edit | edit source]


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