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Cambridgeshire people urged to pledge to support Clean Air Day 2022

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Residents in Cambridgeshire are being urged to get cycling or walking to help reduce air pollution as part of Clean Air Day 2022.

The national initiative, which aims to raise public understanding about air pollution and how it affects people’s health, takes place today (Thursday). As part of the campaign, people are encouraged to makes pledges for cleaner air – such as by ditching cars and walking or cycling.

The theme for this year’s Clean Air Day is ‘Air pollution dirties every organ in your body. Take steps to improve your health’ and is geared towards getting people exercising outdoors. Residents are also urged to talk to others about the harms of air pollution and ask local and national decision makers to promote cleaner air.

Smoke exhaust.
Smoke exhaust.

County council members and staff will be making their own pledges on Clean Air Day and encouraging residents to do the same – look out for posts on our social media accounts for inspiring examples of pledges.

Meanwhile, the authority is developing several strategies aimed at protecting the environment and improving public health including the following:

Active Travel Strategy – This scheme is being developed to support more people to walk and cycle for health benefits and air quality.

Encouraging school children and their parents to walk or cycle to school and reduce school run congestion. Find out more here.

Switching Swaffham Prior village from using oil to renewable energy, which will improve air quality as burning oil produces air pollution such a sulphur dioxide and carbon dioxide.

Installing Electric vehicle charging points at County Council offices to support electric vehicle use.

Promoting popular off-road cycling and walking trails such as the Chisholm Trail and Mere Way in Cambridge.

Councillor Lorna Dupre, Chair of the council’s Environment and Green Investment Committee, said: “We are fully committed to protecting the environment and supporting residents to live healthy lifestyles. Clean Air Day will help us all to better understand the effects of air pollution and how we can counter it, so we encourage everyone to get involved and make pledges.

"If you can ditch your car and get walking, even if it’s only a short distance, this will make a positive difference. Walking short trips instead of driving is a great way to reconnect with our local community, breathe cleaner air and get some exercise.”

Jyoti Atri, Director of Public Health for Cambridgeshire, said: "Even though we can’t see it, air pollution impacts our health in lots of ways from worsening asthma symptoms to increasing risk of heart attacks. Walking and cycling instead of taking the car, will not only reduce air pollution, but will also help us to keep fit and healthy."

For more information about Clean Air Day and how to get involved visit here.

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