We are proud to support Clean Air Day on June 20th 2019.
Clean Air Day is part of the ongoing movement to reduce air pollution. The annual event aims to help people find out more about air pollution, share information with friends and colleagues, and play their own part in making the air cleaner and healthier for everyone.
City and Hackney organisations – such as NHS City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), London Borough of Hackney, City of London Corporation, Homerton Hospital, East London NHS Foundation Trust, VCSE organisations and City and Hackney GP Confederation practice members – already work together to improve health and wellbeing in the community – with various initiatives underway to tackle air pollution. These include limiting transport emissions; using low emission fleets and pool cars; and, providing more care options closer to home, to stop unnecessary travel to hospital sites by patients.
Health organisations have also been working closely with Hackney Council, to deliver new electric vehicles and electric charging points at Homerton Hospital, as well as improvements to walking routes to the hospital. This is in addition to the Council’s other work to tackle poor air quality, including Ultra Low Emissions Streets, School Streets and planting 1,000 extra trees across the borough.
According to the Clean Air Day campaign, there are many simple things everyone can do, to improve air quality and look after their own and other people’s health.
Walking or cycling to school; discovering side streets; not idling petrol car engines – and driving electric vehicles if possible, are among transport suggestions. At home, people can use milder, fragrance-free cleaning products, and only burn dry, well-seasoned wood or smokeless fuel. Household paints and varnishes used should be labelled low volatile organic compounds (VOC)Windows should be open when cooking and extractor fans used for ventilation.
Workers can also join the clean van commitment , or arrange a workplace pledge for colleagues.
Once a pledge is chosen, everyone is being urged to go public with how they plan to change, to help cut air pollution – talking and sharing ideas with neighbours, friends, family, at school and at work.
Social media is another way to join in – with a ‘selfie’ picture of the chosen pledge being carried out in action or written on a poster, then posted on Twitter tagging @CityHackneyCCG using #cleanairday #airpollution #stayhealthy, or, by retweeting the chosen pledge on the @CityHackneyCCG page. Pledges can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to King’s College London, poor air quality causes around 10,000 premature deaths in London every year. Sources of outdoor air pollution include road transport, energy generation, industry and agriculture. Inside homes and buildings, sources such as stoves and open fires are also a risk, especially in the UK where people spend up to 90% of their time indoors.
David Maher, managing director of City and Hackney CCG, said: “Poor air quality is a huge challenge across London – the City alone welcomes 300,000 commuters per day, plus thousands of deliveries, all our transport systems – not to mention the impact of our health infrastructure.
“Our local organisations work hard to reduce the risk to local health and impact on the environment from our operations. But it’s important that we can support and encourage our staff, and our residents, to act as well. The Clean Air Day Pledge is a brilliant way to get the message out, and to help people to take small steps to be part of the solution.”