Sup­port Clean Air Day

Rutherglen Reformer - - Intimations - Edel Ke­nealy

Ru­glo­ni­ans are be­ing en­cour­aged to pledge their sup­port for the first Na­tional Clean Air Day (NCAD) to­mor­row.

Cam­paign­ers be­hind the ini­tia­tive are ask­ing lo­cals to make small changes to their life­style in a bid to re­duce pol­lu­tion on the Main Street, which con­tin­u­ally ap­pears on the list of Scot­land’s most pol­luted streets. The NCAD ac­tivists sug­gest choos­ing to leave the car at home more of­ten, avoid­ing leav­ing the en­gine idling when us­ing a car and they are call­ing on work­places to sup­port em­ploy­ees to adopt more sus­tain­able means of travel.

Jan­ice Milne, chair­woman of the Scot­tish Trans­port Emis­sions Part­ner­ship, said: “Pol­luted air is bad for hu­man health and short­ens ev­ery­one’s life-spans but is es­pe­cially bad for the young, el­derly and peo­ple who al­ready have chronic heart and lung con­di­tions.

“Na­tional Clear Air Day aims to high­light the is­sues, to help peo­ple to un­der­stand more about the prob­lem, to find out more about how air pol­lu­tion af­fects their own lives and those of their fam­i­lies and to find out what they can do to help re­duce air pol­lu­tion.”

The Scot­tish Par­lia­ment will hold a ma­jor de­bate to­day on the ef­fects of air pol­lu­tion.

And to­mor­row will mark the first Na­tional Clean Air Day, with a huge range of aware­ness-rais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties tak­ing place across the United King­dom.

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