Thursday, December 7, 2023

Derbyshire Takes Steps To Breathe Easier On National Clean Air Day

National Clean Air Day will take place on the 15th of June, with events taking place around Derbyshire to encourage people to reduce the amount of pollution they create.

Across the UK, air pollution is having a major impact on people’s health, with poor air quality contributing to 40,000 deaths every year in the UK.

National Clean Air Day aims to give every school, hospital, workplace and community free access to advice on avoiding and tackling urban air pollution, sourced from health experts and academics.

All UK cities and communities will benefit from free guides and clean air toolkits available.

The National Clean Air Website has plenty of advice on keeping the air we breathe clean, which you can find here.

In the meantime here are five simple things you can do right now to reduce the amount of air pollution you create:

1. Use your feet, take to the street

2. Switch your engine off when stationary

3. Keep your car tyres inflated

4. Switch energy suppliers

5. Walk your children to school

The Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Councillor Carol Hart said: “National Clean Air Day is a chance for organisations and communities to come together and take practical action to tackle the growing problem of air quality. Even though Derbyshire is a rural county there are still areas where air pollution is having a negative impact on health. As a county we all need to be making changes to improve the air we breathe.”

Across Derbyshire there will be events in schools, hospitals, community groups, workplaces and more.

These include:

  • Local schools holding walk to school or car free days
  • Large employers across the county are promoting the Clean Air Day to their workforces
  • Electric, hydrogen and hybrid cars and bikes will be on display at County Hall in Matlock

National Clean Air Day is co-ordinated by environmental change charity, Global Action Plan.

Visit their Clean Air Day website for more information and to download a toolkit for use in schools and businesses.

Claire Meese


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