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Let’s clear the air!

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Every day, all of us breathe in polluted air.

Poor air quality is one of the most important health and environmental challenges facing everyone in Greater Manchester.

We’re working hard to improve local air quality. But we all need to do more to help clean up the air we breathe.

We hope you’ll join in the events taking place across Greater Manchester on our second Greater Manchester Clean Air Day (Thursday 21 June 2018).

It’s part of a national day of action aimed at getting people across the country to think about how they can make a long-term difference to our air quality.

We want everyone who lives, works and travels in Greater Manchester to consider their everyday habits and make a change.


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Free tram travel before 7am and after 7pm!

Why not help us reduce air pollution by taking advantage of our special free Metrolink travel offer on Clean Air Day?

For Thursday 21 June only, anyone catching a tram before 7am or after 7pm can travel without buying a ticket.

The free travel offer is part of our drive to encourage people to think about changing travel habits to improve air quality.

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Make your pledge

Last year 2,500 people in Greater Manchester pledged to make a change. This year we’d like even more of you to take action.

Simply making some small changes in your everyday life can help reduce air pollution and clean up the air we breathe. Together we can make real progress in tackling the problem.

Make your pledge now!


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What causes air pollution?

Air pollution comes from many different sources.

Road transport is largely responsible for some of the most dangerous pollutants in Greater Manchester, including nitrogen dioxide and particulates.

Vehicle exhausts can produce harmful gases and tiny particles of soot and other matter that cause health problems and harm our environment.

By changing our travel habits we can all make a difference.


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Why is clean air important?

You may not see air pollution, but it can play a part in poor health, and is linked to breathing illnesses, heart disease, stroke and even some cancers.

Poor air quality affects us all, but particularly the most vulnerable members of society. Our children, older people, and people with health conditions all suffer the most.

Air pollution is linked to the premature deaths of thousands of people every year.

The good news is, there are lots of things we can all do to improve air quality and help look after everyone’s health

Once you’ve made your pledge, we’ve got plenty more ideas for ways to help cut down on pollution.


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What we're doing

Here at TfGM, we’re playing our part too. On Clean Air Day we’re:

  • Working with more than 800 primary and secondary schools across Greater Manchester to help children, young people and parents find out more about the impacts of air pollution through a special competition.
  • Supporting more than 700 businesses and other organisations to help them work more sustainably and reduce their company and staff’s contribution to air pollution.
  • Working with the NHS to hold events to help more people understand how air quality can affect your health, reaching thousands of people who use local health services every day.
  • Holding community and workplace events in all ten Greater Manchester districts.

You can read more about events taking place on Clean Air Day below.

Find out more about our work with local councils and other partners across the region to tackle air pollution head-on.


Join in our Clean Air Day events

Join us at one of our events on Thursday 21 June 2018:

Exchange Square,Manchester City Centre (Map)

8am – 6pm

Discover how you can help tackle air pollution and improve your health in a series of events, including:

  • Our interactive cycle competition Rollapaluza
  • Lung health check dome
  • Electric vehicle display (Tesla, BMW, Nissan & Renault)
  • On- and off-road bike trials for adults and children, including cargo and electric bikes.
  • Cycling advice from Manchester Bike Hire
  • TfGM active travel advice
  • Bike maintenance advice with Revolve (10am to 3pm)

Unity House, Salford Civic Centre, Salford, M27 5FJ (Map)

8.30am – 11.30am

Make your Clean Air Day pledge and take a new look at air pollution in a special virtual reality experience. Plus, try out the latest electric bikes.

From midday Salford Community Leisure will be leading a health walk from Salford Civic Centre to hand out pledge cards and other freebies.

Manchester Royal Infirmary, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9WL (Map)

(Opposite Marks and Spencer on the hospital boulevard)

10.30am – 1.30pm

Come down and have your lungs tested on the Boulevard at the Oxford Road campus with some of the Trust’s leading respiratory experts. You will be able to get advice and information on air quality, what you can do to improve it, and also discuss how more active and sustainable travel could work for you.

Including

  • Lung health checks
  • Health advice

Wythenshawe Forum, Wythenshawe, Manchester M22 5RX (Map)

10.30am – 6pm

Learn more about clean air in a fun and accessible way, including:

  • Wythenshawe Singers (10.30am, 1pm and 5.15pm)
  • Messy and musical family fun (11am – 12.30pm)
  • Harmonica session (4pm - 5pm)
  • Lung health advice (all day)
  • Interactive artworks (all day)

The Rock Bury, 1 Goodall Street, Bury, BL9 0JY (Map)

11am – 3pm

Find out more about how new technology can help combat air pollution and how you can help and get fitter at the same time, including:

  • Try the latest electric bikes, including offers by Leisure Lakes
  • Electric vehicle display (outside M&S)
  • Active travel and air quality advice from Bury Council air quality officers
  • Lung health advice from Bury Lifestyle Service
  • Meet Bury Council leader Rishi Shori

Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester City Centre (Map)

(small building on the corner of the Gardens opposite McDonalds/Santander Bank)

10am – 2pm

Join Manchester City Council’s air quality monitoring staff on an organised tour of Piccadilly Gardens’ air quality monitoring station.


Any questions?

If you’d like to find out more about Clean Air Day, the impacts of air pollution or what Greater Manchester is doing to improve the air we breathe, please get in touch through Twitter.