Barnsley Council and partners are doing their bit to improve air quality on Clear Air Day

On Thursday 20 June, Clean Air Day will see Barnsley Council, Barnsley Hospital, Summer Lane primary school and St Mary’s CE primary school come together to inspire people to improve air quality.

This year’s Clean Air Day theme is anti-idling. Anti-idling encourages people to turn their car engine off and not sit stationary for long periods with the engine running. Idling is particularly harmful to vulnerable people, such as children who have developing lungs. Clean Air Day helps to spread general good advice on improving air quality, such as walking or cycling to work, car-sharing or taking public transport. You can also reduce your exposure to air pollution by walking on side streets rather than busy roads.

Barnsley Hospital, along with Barnsley Council, is having an air pollution information stand on the day. This will raise awareness of anti-idling and the health benefits of low air pollution. Hospital staff will be encouraged to take a Clean Air Day pledge.

Summer Lane Primary and St Mary’s CE Primary schools will each be having a Clean Air Day assembly in the morning, before both schools have their sports day. School children will learn about clean air, air pollution and healthy ways to travel. They’ll be encouraged to do things like walking, cycling or taking the bus, and to ask their families to do the same.

Councillor Jim Andrews, Cabinet Spokesperson for Public Health, said: “Clean Air Day is an excellent opportunity to celebrate all that the borough is doing to promote wellbeing, active travel and healthier lifestyles. It’s great to see so many organisations getting involved and spreading the message of improving air quality.

“Why not make a clean air pledge yourself for the year, by reducing your driving and travelling more actively?”

Thursday 20 June is a day of practical action and awareness-raising, so we can all breathe cleaner air. Find out more at www.cleanairday.org.uk.

This news is linked to Town Spirit, our new way of working better together. We believe, that if everyone in Barnsley does just one thing, we can make our borough a more welcoming place to live, work, invest and visit.

#LiveIt helps us to support the most vulnerable people, making sure they can access support at the earliest possible stage. #OwnIt by keeping your own and your family's health at its best, asking for support when you need it and looking out for your friends and neighbours.

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