Small changes you can make this Clean Air Day

Transport June 17, 2021

By Anna McMahon, RSK Senior Air Quality Consultant

Today, Thursday, 17 June, is Clean Air Day! The annual campaign day is a moment when thousands of people up and down the UK come together to collaboratively voice support, hold events, make pledges and take action on toxic air. Poor air quality is the largest environmental risk to public health in the UK. This year’s theme is “protect our children’s health from air pollution”. Did you know that children are more vulnerable to the effects of air pollution? It can not only impact their health, but also their ability to learn.

The COVID-19 pandemic and associated lockdowns actually saw a big improvement in air quality in many locations around the world as people travelled less and stayed at home. As we make a return to normal life, we must take this opportunity to create a clean air environment in which children can learn and play safely. We have a once-in-a-lifetime chance for change, so let’s use it!

Clean Air Day should be more than just one day in the year, but it does give us the chance to find out more about air pollution, learn how to avoid it and discover the practical things that people can do to cut local pollution. You can learn more about air pollution by visiting the Clean Air Hub website.

So why not take this opportunity to think about changes you could make to your lifestyle that could help improve your local air quality. You could:

  • travel differently:
    • think before you use your car
    • walk, cycle or take public transport
    • reduce your journeys by working from home
    • make your next car an electric vehicle – did you know that the government has committed to banning the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030?
  • use quieter streets when you are on a bike or on foot to lower your exposure to air pollution
  • make meetings online. As we have all found recently, we can do so much work remotely and it is often an option to meet remotely rather than travelling many miles for meetings
  • use milder cleaning products and avoid aerosols
  • shop locally, reducing the emissions related to the products you purchase
  • learn more from the Breathelife air pollution campaign.

RSK’s air quality team will be leading by example and making an effort to reduce its emissions.

For any air quality, dust or odour advice, please do not hesitate to get in touch with RSK team leader Dr Srinivas Srimath. For any sustainable transport matters or advice on travel choices, please contact RSK’s transport team on travelplans@rsk.co.uk.