Solihull Council is promoting Clean Air Day on Thursday 21 June by encouraging people to help make a difference to air quality in the borough.
Clean Air Day is a national campaign to help the public find out more about the issues surrounding air pollution and how they can make a difference.
Everybody can have a positive impact on air quality and Solihull Council is encouraging residents to make a personal pledge to reduce local pollution on Thursday 21 June. It can be anything from car sharing, walking to work or school, using public transport or leaving the car at home.
Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, Councillor Karen Grinsell has made a pledge to share tips to cut air pollution with others on 21 June. Councillor Grinsell said: “Clean Air Day is an opportunity to think about the positive changes we can all make to our daily routines to improve the air we breathe.
“So, on Clean Air Day why not try something that looks after your health and reduces pollution for everyone – like walking to work or school. A quarter of all car journeys in the UK are less than two miles long, and walking or cycling are cheap, clean and healthy alternatives and also improve wellbeing.”
Cabinet Member for Environment and Housing, Councillor Tony Dicicco has also made a pledge to switch off his car engine whenever he can on 21 June. Councillor Dicicco said: “We can all benefit from cleaner air in our borough and the good news is we can all do something about it.
“If we all make a small change not just on Clean Air Day but also in our daily life, collectively it will make a big difference. By taking action now it will help to make our borough a cleaner and greener place to live for this generation and the next.”
More tips on how people can get involved in Clean Air Day is available at www.cleanairday.org.uk
More information is also available at www.solihull.gov.uk/airquality Pledge cards are available to download here and residents are encouraged to take a photo with their pledge and post it on the Facebook event bit.ly/CAD-2018 or on Twitter using the hashtag #CleanAirDay and @SolihullCouncil.
Air pollution has an impact on everyone living and working in the borough and can increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer and asthma attacks. Children, older people and those with heart and respiratory conditions are particularly vulnerable to the effects of air pollution.