Warwickshire County Council is supporting the first ever National Clean Air Day on Thursday 15 June.
National Clean Air Day is designed to help to raise awareness of the steps we can all take to reduce air pollution and its effects and Warwickshire County Council is asking residents to consider alternatives to driving by encouraging people to walk, cycle or use the bus or train instead of driving.
Everyone can be affected by air pollution. But it has the most impact on young children and people with existing heart and lung conditions. It can also affect how babies’ organs develop in the womb, and is linked with low birth weight and being born prematurely.
Warwickshire County Councillor Les Caborn, Portfolio Holder for Health says: “We are keen to raise awareness of the importance of the health effects of air pollution and the things we can all do to improve air quality, particularly in our urban areas.
“We are currently working closely with partners across Coventry and Warwickshire, as well as regionally, to consider how we can best work together to reduce air pollution. We are encouraging people to travel more actively, working to improve traffic flow, providing cycling and walking routes where possible and encouraging people to buy less polluting vehicles, such as LPG or electric vehicles, as well as providing facilities for this.”
Dr John Linnane, Director of Public Health, Warwickshire County Council says: “Most people may not realise that air pollution accumulates inside cars. Cyclists and pedestrians often breathe cleaner air than drivers. One of many good reasons to leave the car at home – even for just one day per week, or for part of your journey.”
Top tips to improve air quality:
1) Think about leaving the car at home – even for just one day per week. Plan your journey here:
2) Could you cycle or walk to work/school? warwickshire.gov.uk/cycletraining
3) Have you thought about car share? carsharewarwickshire.liftshare.com/
4) Be sure to switch off your engine when you’re in stationary traffic or parked (and it’s safe to do so).
5) Choose your next vehicle wisely – have you thought about an LPG or electric vehicle?
For other useful information and tips please see: cleanairday.org.uk/take-action
You can also pledge to make even a small change as part of National Clean Air Day here: cleanairday.org.uk/pledge
More information about the campaign can be found here cleanairday.org.uk/Pages/Category/get-involved-in-national-clean-air-day