Be the change

What you can do

When you’re out and about you can be breathing in dirty air without even knowing it. And you might be adding to the problem by the way you travel.

But there are plenty of ways you can help reduce air pollution. A few simple changes could help protect you, your family and others.

The single biggest thing we can do is drive less. Choosing to make more journeys on foot or by bike will also improve your health.

Top tips to avoid and reduce air pollution

Here are a few ideas that could work for you. It might not be possible to do them all, but every small change we make can help clean up our air.

Walk or cycle more

Cut down on time in your car by walking and cycling more. This will reduce air pollution and it’s cheap and healthy. Being stuck in traffic can expose you to lots of pollution. Polluted air can get sucked into your car, and often stays trapped there for you and your family to breathe in.

Top tips for drivers

A third of journeys under 1km in Greater Manchester are made by car. Could you make that journey on foot or by bike? If you have to drive, you can still reduce the impact of your journey.

Recycle your air

If you’re stuck in traffic, you can be exposed to more air pollution inside your car than outside. Polluted air can get sucked into your car, and often stays trapped there for you to breathe in. So, if your vehicle has a recycled air setting, remember to use it.

Mythbusting: Engine idling

Idling is leaving your vehicle’s engine running when it’s not in motion. Here are some idling myths and facts, that could help reduce your emissions and save money!

What we’re doing

We all have a role to play in cleaning up the air we all breathe. In Greater Manchester, we’re committed to making a difference for the people who live, work and play here.

Our current plans and activity are already making a difference to local air quality. We’re also working together to develop a major Clean Air Plan. The proposals include a Clean Air Zone, alongside major government funding to clean up the region’s most-polluting vehicles.