Cllr Georgina Milne highlights dangers of air pollution on Clean Air Day 2018

Cllr Georgina Milne has marked Clean Air Day by highlighting the more than 500 people per year who die as a result of air pollution across Northern Ireland.


Clean Air Day (Thursday 21 June) is a global day of action co-ordinated by environmental charity Global Action Plan.

The Green Party Councillor for Ormiston and research scientist, said:

“Over 500 deaths in Northern Ireland per year are attributed to air pollution. This represents more deaths per year than road traffic collisions and passive smoking combined.

“The human cost of doing nothing is huge and air pollution puts a burden on our Health Service.

“Clean air is a human right. That’s why I back the Green Party in England and Wales’ call for the Westminster government to introduce a Clean Air Bill”.

air-pollution-1-01Cllr Milne continued:

“There are small but simple steps that we all can take to reduce air pollution levels. Clean Air Day is a great day to begin making the simple changes that will reduce and avoid air pollution.

“For example, if you can, leave the car at home and take the bike or walk to work or when out and about.

“You could also consider going for an electric car when it’s time for a new model. Another simple idea is to stop running the car engine when it’s stationary.

“Small steps that empower people to do their bit for cleaner air for all”.

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