Celebrating Clean Air Day

Published on 20th June 2018

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The council have been supporting the Clean Air Day initiative tomorrow (Thursday 21 June).

Clean Air Day is coordinated by Global Action Plan and this year it takes place on Thursday 21 June, the longest day of the year.  The initiative highlights the health dangers of air pollution and encourages awareness-raising through events such as cycling to work or school, for example.

As part of Cheltenham Borough Council’s place vision where everyone thrives, the council has reached out to local schools and community groups in a bid to raise awareness about air quality and the benefits of sustainable travel.

Balcarras Academy responded with a creative awareness event and has pledged to have an empty car park for the day with students and staff walking, cycling and using the bus to get to school.

The Mayor of Cheltenham, Councillor Bernard Fisher who is supportive of Clean Air Day and initiatives around the town will recognise the school with a mayor’s certificate of participation.  

Cllr Bernard Fisher said: “I’m delighted to see the school participate in this event, getting active and reducing air pollution is good for all.”

The head teacher of Balcarras, Dominic Burke, comments: “Balcarras is glad to be doing their part in raising awareness of how we can all take action to impact the effects of air pollution.

“In the last survey, 76% of students walked or cycled to school and on clean air day we hope to do even better.”
The council will be supporting awareness on the day by using social media #CleanAirDay


For further information about Clean Air day and to notify the council of your event contact Claire Cook research officer by email Claire.Cook@cheltenham.gov.uk

For media enquiries contact Laura Carter, communications officer, 01242 264332 or email communications@cheltenham.gov.uk

Representatives Gloucestershire County Council’s Think Travel team, Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning and Active Gloucestershire are supporting Clean Air Day on 21 June.