Hounslow breathes easy for Clean Air Day

The London Borough of Hounslow is supporting national Clean Air Day on Thursday, 16 June. It's a chance to find out more about what we can all do to prevent air pollution in our borough.

Published: Monday, 13th June 2022

graphic promoting Clean Air Day.

Schoolchildren across Hounslow will learn all about the air we breathe as part of a national day of action to raise awareness about pollution. 

The annual Clean Air Day takes place on Thursday, 16 June and communities and organisations across the country will take part in a host of events.

Organised by environmental charity Global Action Plan, Clean Air Day is the UK’s largest air pollution campaign. 

The theme for this year’s event is; Take Steps to Improve Your Health. The campaign encourages everyone to help cut pollution by leaving the car at home for short journeys and walking instead. 

To support the event, the Council’s Climate and Clean Air team will be hosting an interactive online session with the borough’s schoolchildren to help demystify this hot topic.

During the session, the children will learn more about what air pollution is and where it comes from, what the Council is doing about it and how residents of the borough can take action to cut harmful emissions. 

In 2019 the London Borough of Hounslow declared a Climate Emergency and pledged to become a net carbon zero local authority by 2030. The Council and its partners are also working to cut carbon throughout the borough. 

The Council has produced an Air Quality Action Plan, which details how it is improving the atmosphere in Hounslow. In 2021, the Council launched its £1.2m Clean Air For All initiative. It looks to expand air quality monitoring in the borough and outlines steps for reducing pollution. 

Hounslow Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Climate, Environment and Transport Strategy, Councillor Katherine Dunne, said: “Air pollution is a major cause of ill-health in our country. It shortens lives and increases the number of chronic illnesses people face.”

“Our online session for children will help them to understand more about the causes of air pollution and what we can all do to prevent it.”

“As part of our ongoing commitment to make Hounslow a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live, work and study, the Council is taking action over air quality. 

“However, if we really want to make a difference, everyone has a part to play. Even the smallest steps can make a big difference if we all act together. I would urge everyone to take action on Clean Air Day.”

Here are some practical steps you can take to support Clean Air Day:

  • Lose your car keys - Give the car a rest and use healthier means of transport such as walking, cycling or public transport to get to work, school or the shops. 
  • Don’t leave the motor running - If you have to drive, don’t leave the car’s engine on when you are parked up. It’s called ‘vehicle idling’ and as well as being bad for the planet, it’s an offence. 
  • Take the road less travelled - avoid polluted heavy traffic areas if you are taking a walk or out on your bike. You could take a route through one of Hounslow’s many parks and open spaces.
  • Grow a cleaner future - Trees help clean our air and reduce the impacts of climate change. Hounslow Council has pledged to plant a tree for every child born in the borough each year. Plant your own tree tribute to help out if you have the space.
  • Don’t burn at home - Wood burners and stoves contribute to air pollution in our communities. Use them sparingly and only use smokeless fuel or dry, well-seasoned wood. 

More information about Clean Air Day is available online.

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