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ELF Award presented to Sunday Times in recognition of clean air campaign

Last Update 06/04/2021

This year, we presented the ELF Award to The Sunday Times and the publication’s Environment Editor, Johnathan Leake.


This year, we presented the ELF Award to The Sunday Times and the publication’s Environment Editor, Johnathan Leake (pictured).

The ELF Award is presented to acknowledge outstanding efforts in highlighting the issues surrounding air quality and calling for action in the interest of public health.

In 2015, the UK-based newspaper The Sunday Times, led by Environment Editor Jonathan Leake, launched a clean air campaign.

The campaign called for:

  • Better monitoring of air pollution
  • Easier access to information about pollution levels and
  • More action to curb pollution

Alongside the supporting articles and range of topics covered, the campaign was also the first to expose the discrepancy between the emissions that the manufacturers of diesel cars claim are produced and what they actually produce on the road (which happened before the Volkswagen “defeat device” scandal broke).

Watch a short video of Jonathan accepting the award.

Find out more about the Healthy Lungs for Life campaign.

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