Dirty air is making us sick. You can’t always see it or smell it, but it plays a part in thousands of early deaths every year.
There are lots of simple things we can all do to improve air quality and look after our own and other people’s health. During Greater Manchester Clean Air Week 2019 (17-23 June) we want as many people as possible to make a change to help clean up the air we all breathe.
Clean Air Day will take place nationally on Thursday 20 June, with a range of activities across Greater Manchester and beyond.
This year’s theme is ‘walk or cycle short journeys’. Did you know that every year 200 million journeys of one kilometre or less across Greater Manchester are made in a car? That’s a four-minute bike ride or a 10-minute walk.
If you made more of those journeys on foot or by bike, you’d not only arrive at your destination feeling more energised and refreshed, you'd be helping to make a big difference to air quality. Even changing just one journey a week make a difference.
To help make it easier, safer and more attractive to get about on foot or by bike, Greater Manchester's Cycling and Walking Commissioner - Chris Boardman - is working with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and the region's ten local coucils to deliver the Bee Network – plans for the UK’s largest cycling and walking network.
Get involved and experience the air quality of cities across the world replicated in the free Pollution Pods installation at MediaCityUK.
You'll head through five pods, starting with the truly clean air of Tautra in Norway and will continue through the astonishing smog and pollution of London, New Delhi, Beijing and Sao Paolo.
The Pollution Pods were created by artist Michael Pinsky and commissioned to test whether art can really change people’s perceptions of, and actions around, climate change.
Throughout Clean Air Week there'll be exciting and interactive events across Greater Manchester, with plenty of tips on how to help reduce air pollution in your day-to-day routine:
Schools across the Greater Manchester region will be getting involved in activities to help reduce pollution around their school gates. A toolkit with posters, leaflets and lots of ideas for things to do, including lesson plans and activities for both primary and secondary schools are now available.
You can also play our free QualAIRty online game, which has useful information and tips about air pollution.
For more information about what you can do download our schools leaflet for inspiration.
We’ve put together a Clean Air Plan to tackle poor air quality on local roads in Greater Manchester. The proposals include a Clean Air Zone and major funding to clean up some of the region’s most polluting vehicles. We want your views now – get involved and fill in our survey here.
You can keep up to date on Clean Air Week activities by email or on social media: