Residents and businesses across Bath and North East Somerset are being urged to get involved in Clean Air Day on Thursday 20 June and raise awareness of the effects of air pollution.
The idea behind Clean Air Day is to improve people’s understanding of air pollution, how it affects our health and what we can do to tackle it.
Motor vehicles create more toxic air than any other single human activity and Bath has particularly high levels of NO2 which can make heart and lung problems, such as asthma, much worse.
On Clean Air Day residents are being urged to leave their car at home and use a sustainable method of travel into school, work or town, and to share a photo of their pledge with friends and family online.
Councillor Sarah Warren, cabinet member for Climate Emergency and Neighbourhood Services , said “We all need to do our bit to reduce air pollution and Clean Air Day is an opportunity to think about the way we travel and make a change to lessen our impact on air quality. It can be as simple as pledging to walk, cycle or take the park & ride. By working together and doing something fun in the community, such as organising a walking bus to school, we can all do our bit to help to spread the clean air message.
“For people who need their car to get to work, pledges can be made to car share and we’re asking businesses across the area to do their bit to encourage sustainable transport and travel – not just on Clean Air Day itself, but on every day of the year”
To find out more, download pledge cards and get involved visit: http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/cleanair4bathnes