Clean Air Day
Clean Air Day is an opportunity to earn more about the impact poor air quality can have on our health and what we can do to help avoid exposure to polluted air.
The first ever UK National Air Day, 15 June, is an opportunity to learn more about the impact poor air quality can have on our health and what we can do to help avoid exposure to polluted air.
Poor air quality is potentially the largest environmental risk linked to premature deaths and is a significant public health issue.
The health problems resulting from exposure to air pollution are more significant in children and those who suffer from respiratory and cardiovascular illness. In the UK, the costs of ill health as a result of outdoor air pollution add up to more than £20 billion every year and the vast majority of people breathe sub-standard air.
Some exposures to outdoor air pollution have been linked to cancers and cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. High air pollution is also linked to low birth weight and premature births.
There are many air pollutants that impact health. The main cause of poor air quality in the UK is from road transport - petrol and diesel-engine motor vehicles.
Most sources of outdoor air pollution may seem beyond our control; however there are ways we can help avoid exposure to air pollution.
- Avoid using the car: car drivers can be exposed to two times more air pollution as pedestrians and nine times more than a cyclist. If possible avoid using/reduce the number of short car journeys and try to cycle or walk instead.
- Avoid strenuous activity when pollution is high: try to avoid working out on days when the pollution is very high. Check pollution levels at https://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/.
- Discover quieter routes when walking/cycling this can lower your exposure to air pollution by 20%.
For more information on how to avoid and reduce exposure to harmful air pollutants visit https://www.cleanairday.org.uk/avoid-air-pollution
For tips and sustainable travel information along with travel maps which show walking times, cycle routes and bus stops near schools, visit http://www.dothelocalmotion.co.uk/