Burnley Council will celebrate the first ever National Clean Air Day on Thursday, 15th June 2017.
Co-ordinated by environmental change charity, Global Action Plan, and funded by Defra, the day will see the council raise awareness about air quality and health impacts of air pollution.
Throughout the clean air day, the council will be using social media networks to share cutting-edge advice on avoiding and tackling urban air pollution, sourced from health experts and academics.
Local businesses, schools and communities are also being encouraged to join in the campaign, with a range of toolkits providing the necessary resources available to download from the National Clean Air Day website at www.cleanairday.org.uk.
People can also use the website to make a series of pledges to take action to reduce air pollution on the day itself, including switching their car engine off when stationary, leaving their car at home altogether and walking their children to school instead of driving them.
Across the UK’s town and city centres, air pollution is having a major impact on our health, with dirty air contributing to 40,000 deaths every year in the UK. Many of the UK’s cities exceed the safe and legal limits for air pollution, which is mainly caused by road transport.
Karen Davies, environmental health and licensing manager at Burnley Council: “Air pollution is a serious issue affecting everyone and this means we all have a responsibility to help tackle it together.
“A key part of the work we are doing to improve air quality in Burnley is encouraging people to think about positive changes they can make in their daily routines, including walking, cycling or using public transport instead of driving. National Clean Air Day supports this wider work and provides an opportunity for employers, communities, schools and individuals to get involved and play a role in reducing air pollution.”