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Tackling air pollution remains a top priority for Cheshire East because air pollution is associated with a number of adverse health impacts. Short-term exposure to pollutants such as Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) can cause inflammation of the airways, exacerbate respiratory diseases such as asthma and is recognised as a contributing factor in the onset of heart disease and cancer. Additionally, air pollution particularly affects the most vulnerable in society: children, the elderly, and those with existing heart and lung conditions.
Whilst air quality has improved significantly in recent decades and will likely continue to improve due to national policy decisions, newer car technology etc, it is important for the Council to continue to take steps to address air quality within the borough.
Everyone has a role to play in having a positive impact on air quality in Cheshire East – and the council wants to inspire everyone to take simple actions to help reduce air pollution and limit its impact on people’s health. Let's 'Show the Air You Care'.
Air quality tells us how healthy the air is to breathe. If the air quality is bad then it has more harmful things in it. Good air quality tells us that there is less pollution and it is better for us to breathe.
The air that we breathe is made up many different gases. Some of which are natural and essential for life. Air pollutants can be released from natural sources such as volcanoes, but humans are responsible for a large proportion of the pollution in our air today.
A lot of things that make our lives more comfortable such as cars, electricity and heating create pollutants but make the air dirty. Sometimes we cannot see air pollution but other times it can be seen in the form of smoke or dirt.
The release of air pollutants must be kept to a minimum, as some of the pollutants can be harmful, not only to us humans but to wildlife and our environment.
If you are sensitive to air pollution you might start to cough or find it difficult or painful to breathe when air pollution is high, especially if you are running around outside or playing sport. Some people might not be affected at all.
We could all help to reduce pollution from vehicles by using our cars less. Instead of using a car for short trips to school or to the shops, try to walk or ride a bike.By changing our behaviour and following the advice below, we can all make a positive impact on air quality.
Congratulations to Brereton Primary School – who scooped first prize in our competition to create an eye-catching poster to show what people can do to ‘Show the Air you Care’.
The winning poster was titled ‘Free wheels not four wheels’.
As their prize, Brereton Primary pupils were treated to a day of fun scooter activities, provided by Scoot Fit. The school thanked Cheshire East Council, and said the prize was ‘a brilliant way to end the school year’. Runners-up Beechwood Primary School were presented with Amazon vouchers.
The council is committed to improving air quality in the borough and has taken numerous actions to achieve this – including support for National Walking Month, Bike Week and Clean Air Day. The aim is to raise awareness of air quality and inspire people to take simple steps to tackle air pollution and help protect the environment and the health of everyone.
Page last reviewed: 11 January 2023
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