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CLEAN AIR DAY IN SCOTLAND
THURSDAY OCTOBER 8TH
LET’S MAKE 2020 THE CLEANEST CLEAN AIR DAY YET!

News | Published on 8th September 2020

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SCOTLAND’S Clean Air Day free resources have gone live – giving supporters and participants plenty of time to organise their air pollution busting activities in time for the big day on Thursday October 8th.

There are dozens of online resources from school packs to air pollution leaflets and colourful posters to pin up in the workplace, school or hospitals to encourage people to leave the car at home and cycle or walk.

There are helpful web links to sites such as Air Quality in Scotland, Greener Scotland, Transport Scotland, the 'Learn About Air' schools initiative, Health Protection Scotland and charities, Sustrans Scotland and Cycling Scotland. We are also encouraging people to tweet or post an image of their Clean Air Day activity and tag it #CleanAirDay or #CleanAirDay

We’ve also created a Clean Air Day 2020 logo in Gaelic which you can download and print off for your activity (see image below).

To download all of the resources simply key in your details on the Clean Air Day Scotland website by visiting www.cleanairday.org.uk/scotland

Environmental Protection Scotland (EPS) are coordinating the event on behalf of the Scottish Government’s Cleaner Air For Scotland (CAFS) strategy, which aims to make Scotland’s air quality the best in Europe. It is the third year of our involvement in the UK’s biggest air quality campaign.

2020 has been an exceptional year, sadly for the wrong reasons due to COVID-19.

But the national lockdown brought some short-term air quality improvements as the Scottish Government restrictions meant that more people cycled and walked for their daily exercise routines.

Homeworking became the ‘new norm’ – and remains so – for many workers who use videoconferencing to keep in touch. This has resulted in fewer private vehicles on the roads as people stay away from their offices to comply with government advice.

The Clean Air Day resources also have information about the many grants available to buy an electric vehicle and the growing charge-point infrastructure in Scotland.

There's plenty of other information in the free resources – which take a few seconds to download – about the harmful effects of other air pollutants, including from agriculture and domestic burning.

The packs, which have been approved by health experts, contain very simple steps we can take to help our family avoid breathing in poor air quality and to cut down on the pollution we emit – it is good for us and good for the planet too!

So we are asking you to help make Clean Air Day on Thursday October 8thone of practical action and awareness-raising so we can all breathe cleaner air.

At least 112 participating organisations from the Highlands to Ayrshire were involved in the success of Clean Air Day in June last year. This year’s delayed campaign will of course follow Scottish Government guidance on social distancing.

Let us know about your event and if we can help with anything drop us an email at admin@ep-scotland.org.uk

Press and other media interested in getting a quote about Clean Air Day in Scotland should email john.bynorth@ep-scotland.org.uk

So download the toolkits, join in and help make this year’s event the cleanest Clean Air Day!