Business in Derby are being urged to get involved in the UK’s first ever Natnal Clean Air Day taking place this Thursday 15th June.
Working with environmental charity Global Action Plan, Derby City Council is organising a number of events across the city to raise awareness of the effects of air pollution on health, and how simple actions can reduce exposure to air pollution, and improve the quality of air around us.
Individuals are encouraged to join staff at Intu Derby from 10am, and make personal pledges to take action to reduce air pollution on the day, including leaving the car at home, switching car engines off when stationary, and walking their children to school, as well as taking part in a virtual reality experience to see air pollution in a new way. There will also be representatives from the city’s Car Club Co-Wheels, as well as bus operators Trent barton and Arriva Midlands.
Additionally, information about the health impact of air pollution and how people can reduce their exposure to it will be available to staff and visitors at the Royal Derby Hospital from 8.00am to 2.00pm on the day.
Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Public Protection, Councillor Asaf Afzal said: “In Derby, we have made it our priority to reduce pollution levels and improve air quality in the city. Air pollution is a serious public health issue, and we all have a part to play. Small changes like walking to school and changing the way we travel to work will all contribute, but it has to be a city-wide effort. We want to encourage people to think about the positive changes they can make in their daily routines, including, walking, cycling or using public transport instead of driving, and hope the day inspires everyone to take positive steps”
Derby Mayor Jon Whitby added: “We owe it to ourselves and all our fellow citizens, to consider our air quality. If you can make a change in how you commute or get to school, it will have benefits beyond your own health.”
Derby is one of five cities across the country mandated by the Government to introduce a Clean Air Zone by 2020. Consultation with key stakeholders will take place over the coming months.