People across Greater Manchester are being asked to help clean up the air we all breathe and join in the UK’s first ever Clean Air Day Thursday 15 June.
A series of events take place across Greater Manchester on the day to raise awareness of air pollution as one of the most important challenges currently facing us all.
It is estimated that up to 2,000 people die prematurely in Greater Manchester each year due to air pollution.
The Mayor of Greater Manchester and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) are calling on people to make their own Clean Air Day pledge and play their part in protecting and improving residents’ health.
Mayor Andy Burnham has pledged to do his bit by making a simple everyday life change – leaving the car at home and taking public transport to work at least once a week.
People can make their pledge now and there’s lots of opportunities to get involved on the day, with events across Greater Manchester.
A Clean Air Dome in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester city centre (7.30am-5.30pm) will host health professionals offering people a free ‘lung MOT’ with a special monitor check.
People can also try out a special ‘rolling road’ test on an eBike to see how it can help you cycle up even the most daunting hill – and check out the latest fully-electric cars.
TfGM’s Active Travel team will be in the Orient area at intu Trafford Centre (10am-6pm) to give advice on air pollution and how to improve your health, with health professionals offering a lung health check.
People can also drop by the Manchester Royal Infirmary Atrium (10am-2pm) and Wythenshawe Hospital (10am-2pm) to speak with health professionals, get advice and information on air quality, and find out more about sustainable travel options.
Primary schools across Greater Manchester are joining in Clean Air Day by taking part in a special competition to create viral social media adverts highlighting what people can do to improve air quality – with workshops taking place on the day.
TfGM is also working with more than 500 businesses and other organisations to help them work more sustainably and take practical steps to reduce their company and staff’s contribution to air pollution.
Mayor Andy Burnham said: “You might not be able to see it, but air pollution is one of the greatest challenges to Greater Manchester’s health.
“It’s not something that any one person or organisation can tackle alone – we all have to play our part. Just a simple change to your everyday life can make a difference for the whole community if we all join in.
“I encourage everyone to make their pledge now. Can you use public transport or walk or cycle more often?
“Perhaps walking the kids to school is an option, or you could introduce home-working or a car sharing scheme for your employees. And if you already do all those things, encourage your family and friends to play their part too.
“I’ve made my pledge and I call on everybody else to think about what they can do to help improve the air our children breathe.”