Clean Air Day, the UK's largest air pollution campaign, took place this year on Thursday 17 June 2021.
Led by Global Action Plan, Clean Air Day brings together communities, businesses, schools and the health sector to: improve public understanding of air pollution; build awareness of how air pollution affects our health; and explain the easy actions we can all do to tackle air pollution, helping to protect the environment and our health.
Air Pollution Monitoring and management is a duty of Eden District Council and the local authority is committed to better air quality in the area.
The Council monitors levels of pollutants; the most common kind being nitrogen dioxide, which comes from the exhausts of cars and lorries, power stations and other types of combustion.
Most of the monitoring is carried out alongside the district’s busy roads, or on narrow congested streets, where air pollution is likely to be worse. The Council also monitors at several 'background' locations, like away from busy roads, or in rural areas.
Eden District Council works with other organisations, such as Cumbria County Council and the Highways Authority, to take steps to reduce air pollution.
This week, the Council installed two state-of-the-art AQ Mesh continuous air quality monitors in the district. The monitors provide real-time data on the levels of Nitrogen Oxides, Nitrogen Dioxide and Particulate Matter. In addition to the monitoring carried out on a monthly basis via diffusion tubes, the new real-time monitors are an exciting step forward in identifying, tackling and reducing levels within the district.
So how can you reduce your air pollution? Consider making cleaner travel choices. Give your car a day off: walk, cycle or take public transport if you can. Use quieter streets when you’re on a bike or on foot, to avoid pollution from main roads. Don’t idle your engine; if you drive, turn off the engine when your vehicle is stationary and it is safe to do so.
For more information, visit the Clean Air Day website at www.cleanairday.org.uk or visit the Eden District Council website at www.eden.gov.uk/your-environment/pollution/air-quality/. For further information on air quality levels in the district, read the report at: www.eden.gov.uk/media/5584/eden_air_quality_annual_status_report_2019.pdf [pdf, 762kb]