Environmental Protection Scotland is delighted after the European Federation of Clean Air and Environmental Protection Associations (EFCA) commissioned an article by Policy and Communications Officer John Bynorth on the successful June 21 event for its latest newsletter.
The story means environmental protection and air quality experts from nearly a dozen countries will have read details of the activities that took place in towns and cities across Scotland on June 21 2018, and which were co-ordinated by EPS on behalf of the Scottish Government’s Cleaner Air For Scotland (CAFS)
The EFCA newsletter article raised wider awareness of the work of CAFS, which aims to give Scotland the best air quality possible.
It has been distributed to members of air quality and environmental groups Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey and, closer to home, EPUK. Associate member organisations in Norway and Austria will also have viewed the article.
Clean Air Day aimed to encourage people to walk cycle or use public transport; consider buying an electric vehicle and other messages, such as encouraging drivers not to idle their car engines while parked.
On June 21, a number of major public events took place including one in which 99 school children from Sciennes Primary in Edinburgh marched down The Mound in Edinburgh waving placards promoting air quality messages. Glasgow City Council hosted a display of electric vehicles, e-bike rides and a mini-BMX stunt track in George Square, with the main street outside the City Chambers sealed off for cycling lessons for school-children.
Other activities took place in Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness. Local authorities, including many EHOs, health practitioners and staff from Health Protection Scotland, private firms and charities, such as the British Heart Foundation Scotland and the British Lung Foundation, contributed to the success of the day.
Across the UK, Clean Air Day was co-ordinated by Global Action Plan which has said that next year’s event will take place on Thursday June 20.
EPS is currently compiling an evaluation of the success of the day for the Scottish Government.
To read a PDF of the EFCA Newsletter and Clean Air Day article click here.