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Earth Day - Air Pollution and Climate Change

Together, we can prevent the coming disasters of climate change and environmental destruction. 

Just as climate change and coronavirus painfully remind us of the harm we’ve caused, Restore Our Earth reminds us of the opportunities that lay ahead.

We must Restore Our Earth not just because we care about the natural world, but because we live on it. Every one of us needs a healthy Earth to support our jobs, livelihoods, health & survival, and happiness. A healthy planet is not an option — it is a necessity.

How is air pollution affecting our Earth?

  • Reproductive failure and birth defects in wildlife
  • Crop failure & acid rain
  • Increased water pollution
  • Ozone disappearing
  • Introduction of toxins to the food chain
  • Lower carbon taken in by plants
  • Acid in lakes, rivers and canals 

What does air pollution do to our health?

  • Long term exposure to air pollution is killing 1 in 19 people in the UK
  • Long term respiratory diseases (e.g. asthma)
  • Risk of stroke, heart disease, cancers & kidney failure
  • Increase infant death rates and pregnancy complications
  • Sight loss & bone weakness
  • Mental illnesses & decreased intelligence in children
  • Worse impacts and risk of death from Covid-19

How can you help improve air pollution and climate change?

  • Don't use wood burning stoves where possible - even Defra approved appliances emit high levels of particulate matter
  • Go local! Walking or cycling to your local amenities cuts down significantly on emissions from traffic
  • Walk, cycle or scoot your children to school. Air pollution around schools during pick up and drop off times can reach dangerous levels
  • Use public transport for longer journeys you can’t walk or cycle
  • Switch energy suppliers to a company that uses renewable source
  • Plant more trees and greenery in your garden instead of having just grass
  • Turn lights off when not in use
  • Turn off the tap when not in use (e.g. brushing teeth)
  • Reduce the temperature of your washing machine and dry your clothes outside
  • Consider a smart meter for your home
  • Buy local! Get your produce from local greengrocers
  • Grow your own food and reduce food waste
  • Eat less red meat and dairy
  • Recycle and compost
  • Love what you own! Move away from “fast fashion” and buy second hand or fix what you already own

Want to learn more? Contact us in the air quality & climate change team!

climate_change@sandwell.gov.uk