Thursday, June 20, 2019, marks Clean Air Day – a red letter day for air quality!
That’s when people and organisations will come together across Scotland for the annual event to raise awareness of the difference we can all make to the air we breathe.
Environmental Protection Scotland is once again coordinating Clean Air Day on behalf of the Scottish Government’s Cleaner Air For Scotland (CAFS) strategy. The CAFS strategy aims to make Scotland’s air quality the best in Europe.
This year Clean Air Day will showcase simple, but effective steps we can all take to reduce pollution and recognise the health benefits of smarter travel choices.
Road transport contributes to around a third of NOX emissions in Scotland and one of the aims will be to encourage people to leave the car at home.
We would like people to consider swapping the car for a train, bus, the Subway, tram or bicycle (or even a combination of these options!) for the daily commute. Why not work from home? Families could walk or cycle with the children or grandchildren to and from school.
Local authorities, other public sector organisations and private companies can raise awareness of active travel options and the grants available for cycle schemes and the travel routes available. Local GP surgeries could also organise a group walk and hospitals could reward staff and visitors with Clean Air Day merchandise if they pledge to cycle or walk.
Clean Air Day will also aim to encourage people travelling on foot or by bicycle to cut their exposure to air pollution by choosing quieter routes.
EPS took part in a study last year that found primary and nursery school children were being exposed to 30% more particulate pollution compared to adults when walking along busy roads compared to quieter routes.
The event will also highlight how purchasing an electric vehicle or joining a car club cuts emissions.
Clean Air Day will also aim to encourage motorists to switch off their vehicle engines while stationary.
EPS are preparing online toolkits for Scotland for people and organisations to organise events, download pledge cards and promote the key messages. They will shortly be available on www.cleanairday.org.uk/pages/category/scotland
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