Clean Air Day
We're supporting #CleanAirDay this Thursday 16 June.
On 16 June, Clean Air Day will see schools, hospitals, workplaces, communities and councils across the UK taking action to inspire people to take simple steps to protect their health, their families' health, and children's health from air pollution.
The theme for this year's campaign is: "Air pollution dirties every organ in your body" and the primary actions the campaign will be promoting this year include:
- Talking to someone about the harms of air pollution.
- Walking those short-distance trips and leaving the car at home, where you can.
- Asking local and national decision makers for what would make it easier for you to walk more and have clean air in your community.
Hertfordshire Climate Change and Sustainability Partnership (HCCSP) - of which we are a member - will be highlighting the impact leaving your vehicle engine idling can have on air pollution and asking drivers who are running their engines when parked for over a minute to switch off.
Idling a car is running a vehicle's engine when it is not in motion. Idling increases the amount of exhaust fumes in the air and these fumes contain harmful gases which pollute the environment, contribute towards climate change, and are linked to health conditions such as respiratory illnesses and lung and heart disease.
By stopping engine idling, drivers will reduce fuel costs and save money, improve air quality, and reduce air pollutants which can help cut heart disease, reduce lung cancer and prevent asthma attacks. By reducing the amount of fuel being used, drivers can improve the quality of the air that we breathe.
Visit Hertfordshire County Council's website to find out how you can tackle your own contributions to poor air quality, as well as reducing its health impacts on both yourself and your loved ones.
To find out more or get involved with Clean Air Day.