Posted: Thursday 15th June 2017
Today is the UK’s first ever Clean Air Day, an opportunity for the whole county to come together and improve air quality through collective action.
According to research, air pollution can slow the development of children’s lungs leading to lifelong consequences. It’s estimated that air pollution is linked to the equivalent of 40,000 premature deaths each year in the UK and we can all make small changes to improve our air quality.
Children from some primary schools throughout the county are getting involved by walking to school and wearing something green to mark the day. They will be writing personal pledges and asking their parents to turn off their engines whilst waiting or better still, leave the car at home and walk or use public transport instead. These include school children from Pixmore Junior School in Letchworth, North Hertfordshire (pictured).
Hertfordshire County Council in partnership with East Herts District Council, St Albans Town Council and other district authorities are all working together to improve air quality within Hertfordshire. We're also working to make you aware of the difference you can make.
The #KeepItClean campaign, in partnership with East Herts District Council will be running throughout June aiming to raise awareness and to mark National Clean Air Day.
The campaign is being promoted in local media, social media and via leaflets in libraries throughout Hertfordshire and on screens and flyers in GP surgeries.
We really hope you’ll get involved and help raise awareness of this important message. You can find out more information at: https://www.eastherts.gov.uk/CleanAirDay