THE new Environment Minister Màiri McAllan has presented a special video to celebrate Environmental Protection Scotland’s coordination of Clean Air Day today, 17th June.
Ms McAllan told views of EPS’s You Tube channel that Scots could help reduce emissions by leaving the car at home, cycling or walking and considering the purchase of an electric vehicle.
Acknowledging that Scotland still had a long way to go, she said that air quality had improved in Scotland considerably during the last 50 years.
She said: “There are still areas across the country where air quality standards for human and environmental health are not being met.” Ms McAllan said road transport in urban areas remained the ‘significant contributor’ to poor air quality.
The minister said air pollution affects the most vulnerable sections of society, from the youngest to the oldest, and those with pre-existing health conditions. “Air Quality is therefore, critically important, to health and equality,” she added.
She said nitrogen deposition from poor agricultural and other practices caused damage to fragile eco-systems.
Ms McAllan added that the forthcoming launch of the ‘Cleaner Air For Scotland 2’ strategy would embed a range of policies across transport, active travel, place and domestic burning and agriculture to ensure Scotland’s air quality was the ‘cleanest in Europe.’
To watch the full video click here