Bath & North East Somerset Council is urging everyone to give their car a day off on national Clean Air Day and pledge to walk or cycle to their destination instead.
The Big Walk and Cycle event being held by Bath & North East Somerset Council on June 17 is part of the national Clean Air Day celebrations and aims to raise awareness of air pollution caused by vehicle emissions, particularly the high levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in central Bath.
This year’s national campaign focuses on the impact of air pollution on children’s health. Exposure to poor air quality can stunt lung development and limit life expectancy for some children. It also causes heart and lung diseases, is linked to low birth weight, and may even contribute to mental health issues and children’s ability to learn.
The council has also joined forces with the Schools Climate Network and Families Acting on Climate Emergency (FACE) to run a Clean Air Day poster competition in local schools and support to deliver a Clean Air Day assembly to help children understand the impact of poor air quality and what everyone can do to help.
How to take part in the Big Walk and Cycle to Work or School event:
- Download a pledge card using this link, or visit the Clean Air 4 BathNES page
- Take a photo of your pledge to take part, e.g. ‘I pledge to cycle to work today!’
- Share your pledge on social media in the run up to Clean Air Day, using hashtags #CleanAirDay and #BathActiveTravel
- On 17 June, remember to walk or cycle to work or school, and share your stories on social media
- If you can’t walk or cycle, take the bus or train instead of your car or share your car journey into the city
- Get together with friends or colleagues to really make an impact