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Helping communities breathe easier on National Clean Air Day

Published: 6 June 2017

We’re taking part in the first ever National Clean Air Day being held across the country.

On 15 June 2017, National Clean Air Day will encourage people to think about making small changes that can improve the quality of the air that we all breathe.

Whether it’s leaving the car at home for the day, walking the kids to school or making longer term changes, there’s lots that we can be doing to improve our air.

Across the UK, air pollution is having a major impact on our health, with poor air quality contributing to 40,000 deaths every year in the UK.

National Clean Air Day will give every school, hospital, workplace and community free access to advice on avoiding and tackling urban air pollution, sourced from health experts and academics.

All UK cities and communities will benefit from free guides and clean air toolkits available.

Our Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Councillor Carol Hart said:

“National Clean Air Day is a chance for organisations and communities to come together and take practical action to tackle the growing problem of air quality.

“Even though Derbyshire is a rural county there are still areas where air pollution is having a negative impact on health,

“As a county we all need to be making changes to improve the air we breathe.”

Across Derbyshire there will be events in schools, hospitals, community groups, workplaces and more.

These include:

  • local schools holding walk to school or car free days
  • large employers across the county are promoting the Clean Air Day to their workforces
  • electric, hydrogen and hybrid cars and bikes will be on display at County Hall in Matlock.

Councillor Hart added:

“When it comes to avoiding many serious health conditions, people know what choices and actions to take to reduce risks; from eating well to exercising more. 

“But when it comes to reducing the impact of air pollution on our health, there’s a gap in knowledge and confidence about what to do.

“National Clean Air Day is the chance to give millions of people across the UK easy-to-remember actions that will help them reduce their exposure to air pollution, and their contribution to emissions.”

National Clean Air Day is coordinated by environmental change charity, Global Action Plan.

Visit the Clean Air Day website for more information and to download a toolkit for use in schools and businesses.