Currently the campaign is planning to target everyday activities which we can all attempt to reduce emissions. This includes leaving our car at home and walking to work, switching off engines at traffic lights, walking to school and even just sharing information about tips to improve air quality!

Air pollution is not something which we only recently know about; since we began burning fuels and using harmful substances within our society, it has affected human health and the environment.  However, only recently has it been drawn to the attention of the public due to the recent coverage in the media regarding the adverse health effects, especially caused by polluting particles from diesel cars. It is estimated that long term exposure to particulate matter alone has had an affect equivalent to 25,000 deaths a year in England through the risk of diseases such as heart disease, stroke, respiratory diseases and cancers.

The support for clean air day has largely come through education and action. Schools have targeted parents dropping off their children in a statement “don’t be an idler”. Meanwhile in class, children have made “pledge trees” to teach them about air quality. Local communities, charities and companies have also created initiatives to reduce air pollution, further showing that simple changes to our lifestyle can improve the quality of our air. While it still may seem an uphill struggle, now that we understand the impacts of poor air quality we can start educating people to change their habits and their opinions towards a new invisible killer we haven’t quite yet grasped.

Although these public initiatives may only seem like a step in the right direction while our government raise their game, #NationalCleanAirDay is a significant milestone that needed to be taken in order to fully address the importance of air pollution.
However, this has only been one day of the year. In order to significantly reduce air pollution in the UK and around the world we need to be taking these actions every day. To help you take these steps we have written some tips on how you can help reduce air pollution below.

Our top tips to reduce air pollution!
• Attempt where possible to walk, cycle or get a form of public transport to work or school.
• Could I consider buying an electric car if I am going to be doing shorter journeys  ?
• Use petrol vehicles for shorter commutes and city driving.
• Question yourself - do I really need to make that journey?
• Get talking and educating people about air quality……it might just be a step in the right direction!

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