Bradford Council is supporting Clean Air Day (20 June) across the district by starting a conversation with people living and working across the district over how to best tackle the issue.
They are planning to engage with communities and organisations to find out how it affects them, thoughts on how air quality can be improved and find out how aware people are of some of the simple actions that can help improve the situation.
The Council will be working in collaboration with partner agencies to make a difference including transport sectors, Born in Bradford and the NHS on health research projects and using their data to support on going work.
Along with eight other Local Authorities across the country, Bradford Council is working closely with the Government to develop a plan which assesses a range of interventions to reduce pollution in the shortest possible time.
Councillor Sarah Ferriby, portfolio holder for Healthy People and Healthy Places, said:”It is important we hear the opinions of people across the district, so we can work with businesses, communities and residents to find ways of improving the air quality.
“The Council is already working on improving the transport infrastructure and developing a strategic plan with the Government”.
“But air pollution is also everyone’s responsibility and we need to know how we can help people make better choices when it comes to air quality.
Clean Air Day is the biggest air pollution campaign in the UK and is a chance to find out more about air pollution and share information. The national campaign is asking people to make a pledge to reduce pollution
Currently poor air quality is estimated to contribute to more than 40,000 premature deaths across the country each year, with emissions from vehicles estimated to cost £6bn annually to the NHS and society.
But research has shown that the phasing out of petrol and diesel vehicles would lead to a 30 per cent reduction in pollution in 2030, improving health, and potentially boosting the country’s economy by billions by making the UK a global leader in low-emission technology.
The public consultation will help shape the preparation of the Final Business Case (FBC), due for submission in early 2020.
Air pollution has been linked with lung disease, low birth weight; can affect children’s lung development and may contribute to mental health issues. It is a significant risk factor in premature deaths along with smoking, obesity and alcohol and drug use.
How to get involved
There are lots of simple things anyone can do to improve air quality and look after each other’s health – for example:
- Not idling your car while waiting – particularly outside schools. Switch off your engine if you’re stopped for a minute or more.
- Using public transport or car sharing more
- Considering a less polluting car when changing – a petrol car for a diesel; an electric or hybrid car for a petrol car.
- Walking or cycling more when taking shorter journeys to shops and schools.
- Limiting the use of wood burning stoves if possibl