Thursday 17th June is Clean Air Day. The UK’s largest air pollution campaign brings together communities, businesses, schools and the health sector to raise awareness of air pollution and inspire people to take simple steps to tackle air pollution – helping protect the environment and health.
Every year, air pollution causes up to 36,000 deaths in the UK. The World Health Organisation and the UK Government recognise that air pollution is the largest environmental health risk we face today.
Cheshire East Council is committed to improving the borough’s air quality and has taken actions to achieve this. These steps include creating active travel schemes to encourage cycling, walking and scooting in communities and locations across the region, promoting electric and greener vehicles, producing and implementing an Air Quality Action Plan, visiting schools to deliver talks on air quality and creating a dedicated awareness page on their website.
These actions have a real impact on reducing air pollution – but the actions of individuals and communities can have just as much impact on improving air quality. People can reduce the pollution their family is exposed to and help improve the air quality for both themselves and the wider community by making small changes to how they travel, what they buy and how they manage their home. Download the Clean Air Day Toolkit below for practical advice and tips:
On Clean Air day, volunteers from Congleton Sustainability Group will be out and about measuring the town’s air quality at various locations. They will be handing out leaflets to raise awareness and offering practical advice to residents looking to take simple steps to improve their health and protect the local area.
For more information on how to get involved in Clean Air Day, visit: www.cleanairday.org.uk