Make sure you’re ‘Air Aware’!

Pupils from Heath Hayes Primary Academy monitoring air pollution outside their school

On Thursday we launched our brand new Air Aware Staffordshire campaign on Clean Air Day to help raise everyone’s awareness of air pollution.

The good news is that many people are already doing their bit to tackle air pollution in the county, which is great. So far, 15 schools, 6,500 pupils and 1,000 parents in priority areas are already working with us to reduce car journeys to school, as well as persuading drivers not to leave their engines running while parked.

This is a big problem for all of us but by making small changes to the way we travel such as walking or cycling to work and school, we can improve our health through exercise, limit air pollution and lower greenhouse gases.

I would particularly like to thank pupils and staff at Heath Hayes Primary Academy in Cannock who helped launch the campaign and are already very active and making a real difference. Their hard work was rewarded with a nice feature on Central News. You can view it here.

It’s also great to see local businesses like Holland and Barrett joining in and encouraging employees to consider more active travel options or even sharing a lift with colleagues to reduce the number of journeys made.

But there is more we all can do together – if we all make one small change, together we can make a big difference.

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