Let's clean up our air for future generations

Let's clean up our air for future generations

Clean air day is happening on 16th June and this is an opportunity for us all to celebrate the benefits of breathing clean air – and make our own individual pledges to help clean up our air.

Improving air quality helps our health and our natural environment, helping nature to bloom and us to live longer, healthier lives.

Poor air quality contributes to 28,000 to 36,000 deaths per year in the UK and affects the health of our communities here in Greater Manchester too.

Worldwide, data shows that 99 per cent of the population breathe air that exceeds World Health Organisation guideline limits making air pollution the single greatest environmental risk to human health.

We wouldn’t accept drinking dirty water or eating mouldy food, yet - because of its invisible nature – accepting breathing polluted air is something many of us do without thinking.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way and by taking action now, we can clean up our air for future generations.

At Wigan Council, we are taking lots of steps to do this, but we all have a part to play in being a part of the solution.

Recently, to celebrate walk to school week, Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey joined pupils from two Leigh primary schools to launch their new School Street scheme.

This scheme encourages families to walk, cycle or scoot the final part of a journey by restricting the road outside school to cars – improving air quality and making the area safer for children.

According to data, 60 per cent of journeys of one-to-two-mile journeys are made by car.

It takes around twenty minutes to walk a mile, so why not get on the move, improve your health and be a part of the solution to pollution?

This Clean Air Day, let’s make sure our future is one with safe, clean air for us all to breathe.

Posted on Friday 10th June 2022

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