Calderdale Council is supporting the national campaign for Clean Air Day on Thursday 17 June 2021 and encouraging people to pledge to make a change to help support work to reduce air pollution in the borough.
Improving air quality is a priority for the Council and is a really important part of the work being done to tackle the climate emergency. Actions to improve air quality feature as part of the Council’s Air Quality Action Plan and are promoted through the Let’s Clear the Air campaign: www.calderdale.gov.uk/letscleartheair.
Over the past year, the Council has undertaken major work to improve air quality. As a borough, Calderdale aims to be carbon neutral by 2038 at the latest, with significant progress by 2030. It’s hoped this will be achieved even sooner with in-house emissions and significant progress has already been made to reduce the carbon footprint of the Council.
To help meet these ambitious targets and support improvements in air quality, the Council has introduced a number of initiatives, including the use of electric vehicles in the Council’s fleet, additional electric vehicle charging points in the borough, tree planting, LED street lights installation, energy efficiency improvements in Council buildings and insulation for low-income households.
Improving air quality also requires individuals and organisations across the borough to take their own action. Starting the journey towards improved air quality could be as simple as making a pledge for Clean Air Day and there are lots of simple changes that can be made that will have a positive impact on air quality and help to protect the health of everyone in the borough.
Pledges could include going vehicle free on 17 June, avoiding ordering non-essential deliveries on this date or pledging to only buy local. Pledges can start with one day, but people are also asked to consider long-term changes to inspire real change.
During the week of Clean Air Day, Calderdale Libraries Service is running a free Zoom event as part of its ‘Something in the Air?’ project. On Tuesday 15 June, residents can hear from Professor Martie van Tongeren, of the University of Manchester and Deborah Harkins, Calderdale Council’s Director of Public Health, as they talk about air quality and health and discuss the current picture in Calderdale, along with how people can minimise the risks. They’ll also be answering questions from attendees. To register for the free event, visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/breathe-healthy-be-healthy-tickets-157820865457
To find out more about Clean Air Day, visit https://www.cleanairday.org.uk/ There’s also the opportunity to use the Personal Air Pollution Calculator to work out your individual contribution to air pollution in the UK, and find out what you can do to reduce emissions and protect your health: https://calculator.cleanairhub.org.uk/quiz