Bucks councils rise to the challenge of Clean Air Day

Children are closer to exhaust pipes

Image Children are closer to exhaust pipes

Parents are being urged to pick quieter roads to protect them from toxic air and also ditch the auto, because pollution inside vehicles is 50 per cent higher than on the pavement.

"Without thinking over a permanent solution to air pollution, promotion of Yoga by government seems to be another example of ignorance towards the larger cause and its effects", she said.

"That's why I'm supporting the call for all effective action to be taken to clean up our air".

Spending extended periods of time in conditions where air pollution is high can increase the chances of heart and chest disease, strokes and cancer.

Bill Chapple OBE, county council cabinet member for planning and environment said: "Together with the districts we met in May for the country's first ever Air Quality conference to explore joined up working and maximising the health benefits of clean air for residents".

In Greater Manchester, where Transport for Greater Manchester has organised a series of events across the city region, including free lung-health checks (see airqualitynews.com story) - commuters are being offered free travel on the region's Metrolink tram network before 7am and after 7pm.

An enhanced Clean Air Fund open to all towns and cities in England funded by UK Government and motor-vehicle manufacturers, sufficient to support the delivery of Clean Air Zones and provide investment for cleaner buses, taxis and walking, cycling and public transport.

The move, by Metrolink owner Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), is part of a drive to encourage people to think about changing travel habits to improve air quality.

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'Indoor air pollution needs to be taken as seriously as outdoor air pollution'.

So how can you get your children involved in the day?

Wandsworth council is holding a series of events across the borough, including a string of events in borough schools teaching young people about reducing air pollution.

According to the sustainable transport group Greener Journeys, if we all switched from auto to bus just one journey a month, it would mean one billion fewer vehicle journeys on our roads, saving two million tonnes of Carbon dioxide every year, helping to ease pollution and congestion.

"We all have a part to play in ensuring that our children, their children and future generations to come enjoy longer, healthier lives because they have access to the clean air we are now denying ourselves".

The survey will go live on Clean Air Day on Thursday 21 June at www.york.gov.uk/consultations.

New research by Global Action Plan found that primary and nursery school children were being exposed to 30% more particulate pollution compared to adults when walking along busy roads, due to their closer proximity to vehicle exhaust fumes. Tackling air pollution is not just on one day a year, so teachers can still plan a lesson after the day.

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