Posted: Monday 12th June 2017
The UK’s first-ever National Clean Air Day takes place on June 15, an opportunity for the whole county to come together and improve air quality through collective action.
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.
Hertfordshire drivers are being urged to “Turn your key, Be Idle Free,” and not to leave their cars idling or “ticking over,” especially near schools.
Graham McAndrew executive member for environment and the public space said: “It’s vitally important to ensure drivers are aware of the unnecessary pollution they’re creating when leaving engines running whilst stationary. I hope this campaign raises awareness and results in more drivers changing their habits.”
Our #KeepItClean campaign will be running throughout the month aiming to raise awareness and to mark National Clean Air Day on June 15.
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.
As well as turning off car engines whilst stationary, drivers might consider avoiding diesel vehicles, especially for shorter journeys and to think about using electric or hybrid vehicles in the future.
Children from some primary schools in East Herts and elsewhere in 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.
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