Tackling air quality - everyone must take responsibility

Release Date: 09 June 2017

Employers, schools and communities in Richmond upon Thames are being urged by Richmond Council to get involved in the first ever National Clean Air Day next week.

Co-ordinated by environmental change charity, Global Action Plan, the day (15 June) is designed to encourage local schools, businesses, hospitals and communities to run events and raise awareness about air quality and health impacts.

 

Across the country, air pollution is having a major impact on people’s health, with dirty air contributing to 40,000 deaths every year in the UK. In this borough, many areas exceed the safe and legal limits for air pollution, which is mainly caused by road transport.

 

The launch of the clean air day will give every school, hospital, workplace and resident free access to cutting-edge advice on avoiding and tackling urban air pollution, sourced from health experts and academics.

 

People can also use the website to make a series of pledges to take action to reduce air pollution on the day itself, including switching their car engine off when stationary, leaving their car at home altogether and walking their children to school instead of driving them.

 

Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

 

“Air pollution is a serious public health issue affecting everyone who visits, lives and works in Richmond upon Thames. This means we all have a responsibility to help tackle it together.

 

“A key part of the work we are doing to improve air quality is encouraging people to think about positive changes they can make in their daily routines, including walking, cycling or using public transport instead of driving. National Clean Air Day supports this wider work and provides an opportunity for employers, communities, schools and individuals to think what they can do to get involved and play a role in reducing air pollution.”

 

For more information, visit the Clean Air Day website.

Notes for editors

Residents are invited to make a pledge on Thursday 15 June to improve air quality in Richmond.

To help raise awareness, residents are asked to leave their car at home and use public transport, walk or cycle.

You can also show your commitment by signing a pledge. To make your pledge:

 

If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact Elinor Firth on 020 8487 5159

Reference: P254/17

Updated: 30 June 2017