Clean air is important for our health and environment, annually it causes up to 36,000 deaths in the UK. Air pollution occurs when harmful substances are released into the air including smoke from fires,burning natural gases, chemicals, exhaust fumes, smoking or the dust from brake pads on cars. The graphic to the left of this text is taken from the Clean Air Day website and shows the different sources of air pollution.
During the COVID lock-down we experienced cleaner air and saw massive shifts in low pollution behaviours. How can we continue this?
- Make the most out of fresh air, opening windows (furthest away from roads) when you are cooking or cleaning to stop air pollution building up inside
- Use people power by walking, cycling or even scooting wherever you can. If you have to use a car, consider car sharing or using public transport
- Reduce the amount of energy that you use at home, choose green energy suppliers where you can
- If it’s time to upgrade, consider a hybrid or electric vehicle
- Ensure your boiler is serviced regularly. If it’s getting near to upgrade time, look at more energy efficient models
- Choose environmentaly friendly DIY or household products.
- Join in with Car Free Day on the 20th September.
You can find more information at https://www.cleanairday.org.uk/