Carlisle comes up trumps when it comes to clean air

Carlisle comes up trumps when it comes to clean air

Carlisle comes up trumps when it comes to clean air

Parents in cities across the United Kingdom are being urged to ditch the vehicle and opt for walking and cycling on the school run to protect their children from the effects of air pollution.

Professor Jonathan Grigg, a paediatric respiratory consultant and co-chair of the working group, added, 'The potential for indoor-generated air pollution to cause major health effects in children can not now be ignored.

Professor Stephen Holgate, Co-Chair of the Indoor Air Quality Working Group and special adviser to the RCP on air quality, said: "The adverse health consequences on children of outdoor air pollution are now well established and are influencing policies to reduce exposure".

The BHF is urging government to make this happen by adopting World Health Organisation (WHO) air quality guidelines into United Kingdom law.

Bill Chapple OBE, county council cabinet member for planning and environment said: "Together with the districts we met in May for the country's first ever Air Quality conference to explore joined up working and maximising the health benefits of clean air for residents".

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This will require any individual bus operating on a public local bus service, into the Clean Air Zone, five or more times per day to be ultra low emission bus standard.

For one day only, anyone catching a tram before 7am or after 7pm can travel without buying a ticket.

TfGM is also encouraging employers to consider flexible start and end times for their staff so they can take advantage of the free travel offer. Once they had their results, the pupils sent their data to local MPs and councillors to demand action against air pollution.

So how can you get your children involved in the day?

Organisations which have pledged funding for the continuation of this project include the British Heart Foundation, Allergy UK, the British Society for Allergy & Clinical Immunology, Airtopia, and the Mayor of London's Office.

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Cycling or taking public transport helps to reduce air pollution and keep everyone healthy.

"Unsurprisingly, rural areas are more likely to have cleaner air".

On the street, young schoolchildren are exposed to 30% more pollutants such as particulate matter because they are shorter than adults and nearer the exhaust pipes of vehicles.

"Through practical workshops and assemblies, we are teaching children the importance of air quality so they and their families can then make choices to reduce their pollution".

"Indoor air pollution needs to be taken as seriously as outdoor air pollution".

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