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Star date: 17th June 2018

GREATER MANCHESTER CLEAN AIR DAY 21ST JUNE

To raise awareness of Greater Manchester's shocking air pollution and reduce it for 24 hours, this Thursday 21st June has been designated as Clean Air Day, where people are being encouraged to leave cars at home.

There will be free Metrolink travel before 7am and after 7pm, events around the region and all school pupils can take part in a competition to create a radio or video advert.

Full details here...


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Only last month, it was announced that Salford has the joint worst air pollution in England, well over World Health Organisation guidelines, and Manchester wasn't far behind (see previous Salford Star article click here).

One of the major causes of the shocking air quality is emissions from vehicle exhausts, and in an effort to reduce these for 24 hours, and to get people to think about how they travel, this Thursday 21st June has been designated as Greater Manchester's second annual Clean Air Day.

To help commuters, Metrolink owner Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), has announced that there will be free tram travel before 7am or after 7pm on the day, and people can travel without buying a ticket.

"Our trams are zero-emission at street level and are powered by electricity produced from modern, cleaner and greener sources such as wind-power" says TfGM's Head of Metrolink, Danny Vaughan.

"While services can get busy during peak times, this free travel offer is aimed at encouraging people to think about changing travel habits" he adds "Choosing to travel outside peak hours, when trams are less busy, can help reduce the peaks in air pollution caused by commuter car journeys, one of the main sources of air pollution."

As well as the free tram travel, events will take place across Greater Manchester on Clean Air Day, including free lung-health checks; and the chance to see or try out the latest electric cars and bikes in Manchester City Centre's Exchange Square.

People are also being asked to make pledges that include leaving the car at home for one day a week, car-sharing, working from home regularly; walking and cycling more; and encouraging friends to do the same.*

There is a also a competition being run for all schools in Greater Manchester to create a radio or video advert 'to drive home the dangers of poor air quality'. Schools can download lesson plans and other resources on the Clean Air Day schools portal and register for an interactive digital workshop.**

"It's not an exaggeration to say that poor air quality is one of the biggest - and deadliest - challenges of the modern age" says Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham "I'm working with local councils and transport and health trusts to make sure we're doing everything we can to tackle this problem. But the stark truth is, we can't succeed alone.

"On last year's first ever Clean Air Day we saw thousands of people pledging to make changes to help clean up our air, from car sharing to using greener transport more, or even working from home where possible" he adds "This year I want to see even more people take long-term action. Every single one of us needs to think about making small lifestyle changes to help clean up the air we all breathe.

"It's fitting that local schoolchildren will be at the heart of activities for Clean Air Day" he explains "They're more vulnerable than most to air pollution, not least due to the fumes they breathe in every day as thousands of parents still leave their car engines running at school gates. I hope that Clean Air Day will really focus attention on these important issues and, more importantly, encourage us all to take action."

Greater Manchester Clean Air Day Thursday 21st June

*For more details see www.tfgm.com/air

**To register for the Clean Air Day schools portal click here

For more news of what's happening on the day follow #GMCleanAirDay on Twitter

Bob the regular wrote
at 20:00:06 on 17 June 2018
Alice,perhaps as an asthma sufferer you should try a bit of cycling. This seems to help asthma sufferers.Indeed, it seems to be so so good for our asthma sufferers that some have gone on to win prestigous international cycling events like the Tour De France. Cycling along you would soon find out where all the filthy black diesel particulates come from that cause asthma ,namely our wonderful luxury buses driven by experienced drivers,and full of more than their fair proportion of unwashed "spesh" swilling yobs. Cycling along the many green and pleasant arcadian routes in Salford, you would indeed come across beautiful and healthy trees, like the ones on Blackfriars outside Canon Green Court, but be quick ,thanks to Salix homes, they won't be there long. To keep you on your toes, and to help keep you where cyclists belong, in the bike lane, the people in the council and metrolink have thoughtfully placed tram tracks all over the place. once you have ridden into these a couple of times and fell off, you will soon realise where your place on the road is.The joys of green tranportation.

Alice wrote
at 12:41:32 on 17 June 2018
As an asthma sufferer with two adult children also affected I am pleased to see any action designed to reduce one of the most damaging causes of this stressful ailment. To give up driving a car, where possible, and replacing this with walking to the public transport, will not only benefit the atmosphere but also the individual's health. In addition, it's a relief not to have to cope with the stress of driving in busy and sometimes dangerous conditions. To sit back and be driven by an experienced bus driver is a luxury. If you're in the lucky age bracket to get free transport then giving up driving a car has a financial benefit. I gave up my car and the money I saved paid for solar panels...a double environmental benefit. Let's not forget the Trees....keep planting along our road sides. Beautiful and healthy too.

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