Air pollution in the South west contributes to an estimated 4.3% of all deaths in the region
The costs to society of air pollution are on a par with those from smoking and obesity
We can all do our bit to help reduce air pollution
It’s the UK’s first ever National Clean Air Day June 15th and PHE South West is encouraging people across the region to get involved to help reduce air pollution.
Despite improvements in air quality in recent decades, air pollution remains a significant risk to health in the UK. Air pollution in the South west contributes to an estimated 4.3%[i] of all deaths in the region and the costs to society of air pollution are on a par with those from smoking and obesity[ii]
But if we all take steps to reduce emissions we could improve the air we breathe.
PHE is urging people across the South West to get involved with Clean Air Day by making simple changes to the way they travel and live. One of the best ways to do this is to consider leaving the car at home and finding different ways to get about. As well as cutting the amount of pollution produced by car engines, this approach has the added benefit of working exercise into your day and enabling you to explore your community on foot or by bike.
Research suggests that walkers and cyclists may be exposed to lower levels of air pollution than motorists, particularly if they can take low pollution routes along quieter roads or through parks.
Nick Young, Consultant in Health Protection for Public Health England South West, said:
“We all need to do our bit to reduce air pollution across the South West. Clean Air Day is a perfect opportunity to consider leaving the car at home when possible and cycling, walking or taking public transport instead.
“We are working closely with councils and other partners to explore options to reduce air pollution – potential strategies include no idling areas outside schools, hospitals and in traffic related air pollution hotspots. We’d also like to see businesses across the region working to schedule deliveries to minimise congestion, encouraging staff to cycle to work and educating their drivers to develop an energy efficient style. “Follow