The UK’s first-ever National Clean Air Day is taking place on Thursday 15th June. National Clean Air Day a chance for the whole country to come together and improve air quality through collective action. Nottingham is taking part along with six other cities in National Clean Air Day – Birmingham, Derby, Greater Manchester, Southampton and Leeds along with various boroughs of London.
National Clean Air Day focuses on raising air pollution awareness and how it can impact health including impacts on children. Part of Nottingham’s input into National Clean Air Day involves Go Ultra Low Nottingham.
What is Go Ultra Low Nottingham doing for National Clean Air Day?
Go Ultra Low Nottingham are committed to the uptake of low emission vehicles in Nottingham for both personal use and business. For National Clean Air Day, Nottingham City Council will be hosting a workplace event at Loxley House on National Clean Air Day Thursday 15th June 2017 11am – 2pm. The event is targeted at Council employees and will be offering a wide range of sustainable travel options and an opportunity for colleagues to test drive a number of electric and hybrid fleet vehicles.
Check out the Nottingham Clean Air Day Video here: https://youtu.be/HiKP1o3TpLc
Read the Council’s press release on Clean Air Day here:
Why air quality matters
Reducing the amount of air pollution matters as there are known health impacts – it is widely reported that 40,000 early deaths are a result of air pollution, whilst the costs to society are similar to those caused by obesity and smoking. Air pollution increases the risk of some serious illnesses, and can make existing conditions, like respiratory disorders, worse. Air pollution increases the risk of getting lung cancer, and contributes to about 1 in 13 cases. To find out more about the impacts of air pollution on your health visit: https://www.cleanairday.org.uk/health-impacts-of-air-pollution
What can you do to limit your exposure to air pollution?
People across the country are making inspiring changes to reduce pollution! You can pledge your support for the National Clean Air Day by taking action to clean up your local air. You could pledge to leave the car at home. Cycle to school with your kids, car share with some of your colleagues, take a pic of you on your favourite bus journey, run to work along the canal…the possibilities are endless!
National Clean Air Day Thunderclap
A dedicated Thunderclap page has been set up for Facebook and Twitter accounts. If your company wishes to join the Thunderclap please visit:
National Clean Air Day Photo Competition
If you are actively taking part in National Clean Air Day why not get involved in the National Clean Air Day photo competition? The two winning photos that make the greatest impression on the judges can either choose a £100 voucher for a meal at a sustainable restaurant or £100 voucher to put towards the cost of a heritage cottage, or a forest lodge holiday.
One photo will also be selected to win a place in a United Nations exhibition. To send your photo and to participate in the National Clean Air Day photo competition please visit here.
How to make a pledge for National Clean Air Day?
There are many examples of pledges being made for National Clean Air Day such as:
- Leaving car at home to travel to work
- Walking children to school
- Switch off car engine wherever possible
If you would like to take a pledge for National Clean Air Day you can do this online here
What else is Nottingham doing for National Clean Air Day?
Nottingham will be hosting a number of events across the city on Clean Aid Day alongside partners INTU Victoria Centre who are running an event with Nottingham Forest Youth Academy, as well as Queens Medical Centre, NHS Foundation Trusts, Nottingham City Buses, and Dunkirk Primary school.