"Ditch the car" call on Clean Air Day

Rodiano Bonacci
Giugno 23, 2018

Air pollution is linked to a wide range of illnesses and conditions, including cancer, diabetes, asthma, stroke and heart disease, as well as impacting on the development of children's lungs.

We are also putting a range of measures in place to improve air quality in areas where targets are not now being met.

Across the European Union, more than two million healthy life years are lost annually, and there are over 9,000 deaths a year due to indoor air pollution, according to latest studies.

Copeland, Barrow, Allerdale and Carlisle all came in the top 10 when it came to low levels of air pollution coupled with affordable housing. Free resources including toolkits and social media guides have been offered to organisations seeking to take part.

"We are extremely disappointed that the Government has not taken stronger action on vehicle manufacturers".

It comes after Leeds City Council this week said that buses, coaches and HGVs could be charged £50 per day to enter a Clean Air Zone in the city from January 2020, but private cars would not be subject to the payment.

TRANSPORT bosses are urging people to mark Clean Air Day today by leaving their vehicle at home.

"If you're travelling in Chester, Clean Air Day is an ideal opportunity to try the Park & Ride for free if you've never given it a go before".

"The level of support available to local authorities is now inadequate".

As today marks national Clean Air Day, we are renewing our call for Government to adopt World Health Organisation (WHO) air quality guidelines to protect the United Kingdom public from the negative effects of air pollution.

In aid of the day, children at Rosary Catholic Primary School in Birmingham have become activists for clean air after they discovered the pollution at their school was at illegal levels.

Together they called on government to do more to tackle the growing menace of polluted air in towns and cities, including: a ban on the sale of new pure diesel and petrol cars and vans by 2030; a targeted national vehicle renewal scheme; more support to deliver Clean Air Zones; and a national Clean Air Act to tackle the scourge of air pollution.

A number of businesses are also backing Clean Air Day, among them Autogas, Certas Energy and Citipark.

As part of its support for this year's NCAD, earlier this week, CitiPark brought the New Nissan LEAF electric auto to the main mall at the Merrion Centre in Leeds, to educate local schoolchildren about the benefits of electric vehicles on our environment. "It might take me a couple of minutes longer but if it reduces Ariyan's exposure to air pollution, then it's worth it".

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