County council leader Nick Rushton has made a pledge to support Clean Air Day as part of the council’s commitment to become carbon neutral by 2030.
Clean Air Day is on Thursday (20th June) and is a national initiative to encourage people to think about how their every-day actions contribute to air pollution.
Last month, the county council declared a climate emergency.
We’ve already made changes across our operations to reduce carbon emissions by 69 per cent, but there’s still more to do and we want to lead the way when it comes to improving air quality in the county. We support park-and-ride sites, bike-ability courses, travel planners, and an active travel reward app which all helps the public to reduce their carbon emissions.”Person:Nick Rushton, county council leader
At the pledge-signing, Nick Rushton was supported by Blake Pain, cabinet member for environment and transport, and Lee Breckon, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, whose teams at County Hall have been working together to promote Clean Air Day to council staff and partners.
Latest information shows that the areas in Leicestershire most affected by air pollution levels are around East Midlands Airport and villages surrounding major transport routes such as the M1 and the A46.
Nick Rushton added: “Air pollution can have serious negative effects on people’s health, causing strokes, asthma, and contributing to premature death.
"This public pledge shows how seriously we at the council are taking these health impacts and how we are looking at ourselves first and what we can do to reduce our own carbon footprint.”
Throughout June, the county council has been running active travel activities and initiatives for staff as well as encouraging them to support Clean Air Day.
So far, they have taken advantage of bike refresher courses, walks and travel clinics, all with the aim of reducing the number of single passenger cars travelling to County Hall.