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UK Clean Air Day: how to improve the air we breathe!

Updated: Feb 26

Join our 30 WAYS to Cleaner Air challenge!

Choose the ways you can make a difference to the air we all breathe!

Download our info pack, or use the FAQs & Links below.

WHY THIS MATTERS TO ALL OF US

Air pollution puts us all at risk – one breath at a time. It’s the biggest environmental risk each of us faces every day. If we could SEE it, we’d probably have tackled it far sooner. But there’s growing awareness – and much more information, so we can make a difference.


This Cleaner Air Guide lists 30 ways we can improve the air around us.

  • Try out the options that best suit you, where you live and your lifestyle.

  • Select just one action to do OR try out all 30 different ideas OR mix and match!

When can you start? Why not now? The info pack provided here to download is launched on UK Clean Air Day 2023 - but it will make a different WHEVER you start!


UK Clean Air Day reaction: Councillor Jane Byrne, cabinet member for connected, clean city, Newcastle City Council, thanked people helping tackle air pollution through trying out the guide's suggestions: “30 great suggestions and practical tips help everyone to make a difference through small changes to things, such as the way we travel, shop and heat our homes. Doing just one thing, from turning your car engine off when you’re parked up to choosing to walk or cycle or switching to a green home energy supplier, can all add up.”


Here’s how to use the list

  • Build your own list of the actions that work for you - tick them as a reminder

  • Add a note, if extra support or changes made by other people would help you to carry out additional actions and tick more boxes

  • Spread the word about successes! – including to Climate Action Newcastle 😊

  • Let us know if you’ve queries or suggestions: see us at a stall, email climatenewcastle@gmail.com or get in touch via our social media

The "30 WAYS to Cleaner Air" Guide is available here to download (as a Word doc or a PDF). If you would like a printed copy, please email and we'll post to you. It includes:

  • 30 ACTIONS!

  • SUGGESTIONS

  • RESOURCES

  • FOLLOW-UP IDEAS

WE LOVE CLEANER AIR_30 WAYS to Cleaner Air Guide
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Download DOCX • 118KB
WE LOVE CLEANER AIR_30 WAYS to Cleaner Air Guide_
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Download PDF • 475KB

Topics in the info pack include:

  • Guide to tackle ENGINE IDLING – for drivers, passers-by, commercial vehicles

  • MAKE AIR POLLUTION VISIBLE – find the facts about local air quality

  • ACTIVE TRAVEL, PUBLIC TRANSPORT – walk or wheel, use bus or train. Reduce the air pollution you generate, get exercise, lose weight, save money

  • DELIVERIES – to homes and workplaces (we often overlook online shopping, takeaways)

  • REDUCE VEHICLE EMISSIONS – carshare, drive in eco-friendly way, support electric taxis

  • GARDENERS – open fires, use compost as a “carbon sink”

  • HOMES AND AIR QUALITY

  • SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES

  • CONSIDER CLEAN AIR WHEN SHOPPING

  • How to support “ELLA’S LAW” – lobby for this new bill to make our lives healthier and safer

  • DEMAND YOUR RIGHT FOR CLEAN AIR – take action!

  • BREAK DOWN BARRIERS THAT MAKE IT HARDER FOR US TO TAKE ACTION! – turn them into opportunities to help us all breathe cleaner air!

Our 30 WAYS Guide is part of Climate Action Newcastle's campaign for Cleaner Air - catch up on pictures, updates and future plans here.


FAQs & LINKS


Have you found useful information not included below? – let us know, so we can share with people who, like you, want to improve the air we breathe! Get in touch via our social media or email climatenewcastle@gmail.com.


Why does air quality matter to me?

· air pollution causes up to 36,000 deaths in UK

· World Health Organisation and UK Government recognise that air pollution is the largest environmental health risk we face today


How polluted is Newcastle?

Here’s how to check air quality for every postcode around Jesmond: https://www.addresspollution.org/


What is Ella’s Law?

The Clean Air (Human Rights) Bill is up for debate later this year. It could be the most positive piece of environmental legislation in decades - for health, climate & quality of life.

READ ABOUT ELLA’S CHARITY: https://ellaroberta.org/

EARLY DAY MOTION - PLEASE ASK YOUR MP TO SIGN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE: https://edm.parliament.uk/early-day-motion/60394/the-clean-air-human-rights-bill


Idling: use our myth-busting guide!

Drivers often keep engines turning over based on out-of-date past guidance. And they often aren’t aware how the pollution harms the driver’s health even more than that of passing pedestrians! As well as contributing to climate change. Here are Word and pdf versions of our Climate Action Newcastle guide to tackling idling.

Idling Guide_Cleaner Air campaign
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Download DOCX • 119KB
Idling Guide_Cleaner Air campaign
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Download PDF • 284KB

SPECIAL DATES TO CLEAN UP OUR AIR!

· 15 June – Clean Air Day: https://www.cleanairday.org.uk/


OTHER USEFUL LINKS


ACTIVE TRAVEL, PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Nexus (timetables): https://www.nexus.org.uk/

Recyke y’Bike: https://www.recyke.bike/


REDUCE VEHICLE EMISSIONS


HOME ENERGY

Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs guidance:


SHOPPING


GARDENING


SCHOOLS

One of a range of available advice and campaign websites: https://www.actionforcleanair.org.uk/schools


NEWCASTLE CITY COUNCIL’S CLEAR AIR PLAN


LOCAL AIR QUALITY MONITORING


ADVICE RESOURCES


This online versions of the 30 WAYS Guide and the Idling Guide are regularly updated as new information become available.






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