On Clean Air Day leave the car at home… walk, cycle or take public transport

17th June 2018

Clean air – we all want to know our air is healthy. But too many of us breathe dirty air every day, especially in our towns and cities. Air pollution is a hidden killer and it hits children, older people and the poorest hardest.

Join us in calling on local businesses, organisations and council leaders to make a pledge to change how they travel to work on Thursday 21st June and make the changes to make walking, cycling and public transport more convenient, safer and more affordable. (see below)

What are the effects of air pollution?

Air pollution costs lives and billions of pounds. It is one of the UK’s biggest killers, causing 40,000 early deaths  in the UK every year. That’s more than obesity or alcohol. Dirty air leads to worsening asthma symptoms, heart disease and even lung cancer. Air pollution has even been associated with changes in the brain linked to dementia and can lead to children growing up with smaller lungs.

Where does air pollution come from?

Air pollution comes from many different sources and the most serious air pollutants are nitrogen oxides and particulates. Vehicle exhausts produce harmful gases and tiny particles of soot and other ‘particulate matter’ that cause health problems and harm our environment.

Road transport is largely responsible for some of the most dangerous pollutants and In Greater Manchester accounts for 65% of nitrogen oxides and 79% of particulate emissions, along with 31% of carbon dioxide emissions.

 

Half of all trips made in Greater Manchester are less than 1.25 miles and 30% of these trips are made in cars. Nearly 9 out of 10 of the trips within Greater Manchester are of 5 miles or less, and more than half of these are by car.

Clean Air Day – Thursday 21st June 2018

Thursday 21st June is national Clean Air Day and people in Greater Manchester are encouraged to “Leave the Car at Home” to travel to study or work by walking, cycling or by public transport.

Transport for Greater Manchester are asking people to make a Clean Air day pledge to ‘Leave the Car at Home’ on 21st June and walk, cycle or use public transport.

Last year 2500 people in Greater Manchester made a Clean Air Day Pledge.  Andy Burnham, GM Mayor pledged to travel by bus once a week.

Call on our community, business and political leaders to lead from the front!

We need urgent action to clean up the illegal and harmful levels of air pollution in Greater Manchester. Everybody can help. Could you

  • walk or cycle for short journeys?
  • use public transport for longer journeys?
  • car share with colleagues?
  • ask what your workplace / organisation is doing to encourage people to travel more sustainably?

Join us in calling on local businesses, organisations and council leaders to make a pledge to change how they travel to work on Thursday 21st June and make the changes to make walking, cycling and public transport more convenient, safer and more affordable.

Manchester Friends of the Earth have created an easy-to-use Twitter action so that you can send tweets to local council leaders, business and community leaders asking them to lead from the front.

Area
Organisation
Name
Twitter
Bolton
AO World PLC
Stephen
Caunce
Bolton
Bolton CCG
Su
Long
Bolton
Bolton Council
Linda
Thomas
Bolton
Bolton Council
Bolton
Bolton University
Bolton
Cohens Chemists
Bolton
Warburtons
Brett
Warburton
Bolton
Williams Motor
Bury
Bury CCG
Bury
Bury Council
Bury
Bury Council leader
Rishi
Shori
Bury
Danish Crown UK
Peter
Rosenmeyer Olsen
Bury
JD Sports
Bury
Regency Factors
Bury
William Hare Group
Manchester
{My}dentist
Manchester
BDO
Ed
Dwan
Manchester
Brammer PLC
Manchester
Bruntwood
Chris
Oglesby
Manchester
Daisy Group
Manchester
Deloitte
Richard
Bell
Manchester
Downtown Manchester in Business
Manchester
DWF
Manchester
Ernst & Young
Bob
Ward
Manchester
Grant Thornton
Carl
Williams
Manchester
KPMG
Nicola
Quayle
Manchester
LWC Ltd
Manchester
Manchester Airport Group
Andrew
Cowan
Manchester
Manchester City Council
Richard
Leese
Manchester
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Manchester
N Bown Group Plc
Manchester
Pennine Acute NHS Trust
Manchester
PWC
Iwan
Griffiths
Manchester
Renold PLC
Manchester
RSM
Jill
Jones
Manchester
Rullion
Manchester
Timpson Group
James
Timpson
Manchester
University of Manchester
Nancy
Rothwell
Manchester
Well Pharmacy / Bestway Chemists
Oldham
Oldham CCG
Oldham
Oldham Council
Oldham
Park Cakes Head office
Rochdale
Harry Yearsley Limited
Rochdale
Rochdale CCG
Rochdale
Rochdale Council
Rochdale
Tetrosyl Group
Salford
BBC North
Peter
Salmon
Salford
Kellogg Marketing
Salford
Manchester Diocese
David
Walker
Salford
Mawdsleys Group
Salford
Morson Group
Salford
Salford CCG
Salford
Salford City Council
Salford
Salford Mayor
Paul
Dennett
Salford
Salford Royal NHS
Salford
Swinton Insurance
Stockport
Adidas (U.K.) Limited
Kasper
Rorsted
Stockport
AG Parfetts & Sons
Stockport
Equity Solutions & Partners
Stockport
Stockport CCG
Stockport
Stockport Council
Alex
Ganotis
Stockport
Together
Stockport
Wienerberger Ltd
Tameside
Scapa Group Plc
Tameside
Tameside College
Tameside
Tameside Council
Tameside
Tameside Council leader
Brenda
Warrington
Trafford
Lookers PLC
Trafford
NES Global Talent
Trafford
Paystream
Trafford
Trafford College
Trafford
Trafford Council
Andrew
Western
Wigan
DW Sports
Wigan
IKO PLC
Wigan
NRL Recruitment
Wigan
Shearings Leisure Group
Wigan
Sofology
Wigan
Wigan CCG
Wigan
Wigan Council
David
Molyneux