Today is Clean Air Day, organised by Global Action Plan, to help improve the public’s understanding of air pollution and how it affects all our health.
Poor air quality has links to heart and lung disease and contributed to up to 36,000 deaths in the UK last year.
We can all help and make little changes that add up to a big impact on air pollution levels.
- Walk and cycle more – seems obvious but cars and transport is the biggest cause of air pollution.
- Turn off your engine while sitting in traffic.
- Check your tyres regularly – keeping tyres to their recommended pressure will make the car drive more efficiently and use less fuel.
- If you can, use public transport – but remember to social distance and wear a mask unless exempt.
- Use smoke free fuels on wood burning stoves and open fires where possible.
- Use an energy supplier which uses renewable energy sources.
- Plant more – be it in the garden or house plants, they all help clean the air around us by consuming CO2
- Walk the kids to school – Great for starting good habits early. Kids who are physically active when young are more likely to be as adults.
- Turn off the lights when not in the room and use energy efficient lightbulbs where possible.
- Install low-flow shower heads.
- Air dry washing rather than tumble dry.
- A compost heap is a great way to put food waste to good use. Some torn up cardboard packaging is great for your composting ‘mix’ too! We provide great value garden compost bins.
Find out about air pollution levels in your area of East Sussex by signing up to the airAlert service.
airAlert sends free messages via text, email, house phone or the app informing you that poor air quality is predicted. To learn more visit the airAlert website.