Leeds City Council is once again taking part in the UK’s biggest national air quality awareness campaign. This year, organisations and individuals across the city are working hard to make it the biggest and best yet—but we need your help to have the biggest impact!
Why do we need Clean Air Day?
When we surveyed Leeds residents in 2018, more than three-quarters agreed that tackling air pollution was an urgent priority for the city. However, research has shown that a lack of public understanding about the subject remains a major barrier to more widespread, collective action. That’s why the aim of Clean Air Day—raising awareness of air pollution’s damaging health effects and the actions we can all take to improve our air quality—is so important.
What's happening in Leeds?
There will be lots to see and do as well as plenty of opportunities to learn about air pollution from experts.
As well as activities in the city centre on Cookridge Street and Briggate we’re also closing roads outside of 11 schools for the afternoon as part of the Play Streets scheme.
Find out about all the events and activities organised near you by taking a look at the official Clean Air Day Map and don’t forget to visit us!
How can I support?
There are lots of ways that you can get involved, such as:
- Leaving your car at home
Because diesel and petrol vehicles are the biggest contributor to outdoor air pollution in Leeds, the best way support the campaign is to reduce your own emissions by leaving your car at home, on the day and beyond. Whether that means taking public transport, car sharing, walking, cycling, running or even working from home (so that you can don’t have to drive) you’ll be doing your bit to make Clean Air Day a reality.
- Making and sharing a public pledge
Sharing a public pledge to reduce your own emissions is a great way to raise awareness of actions that will make a difference and encourage others to take part. It’s easy. Just follow these simple steps:
- Create a pledge card. Get creative and make your own or download a Clean Air Leeds pledge card here.
- Make a pledge. Think carefully about what actions you can take to reduce your emissions before choosing your pledge. It’s better to pledge something that you can stick to rather than making an overambitious pledge that you’re less likely to follow through on.
- Go public. Take a selfie or ask a friend to take your photo or video. Share your selfie on Twitter or Facebook using hashtag #cleanairday to help us get it trending. Don’t forget to tag @CleanAirLeedsCC as well—we’ll retweet as many pledges as we can!
- Spreading the word
We’re encouraging everyone to help spread the word about air pollution by telling their friends, family and colleagues about Clean Air Day.
Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtags #CleanAirDay and/or #CleanAirLeeds whenever possible in your posts. Tag @CleanAirLeedsCC so that we can help promote your content.
To help get you started, we’ve created a set of draft posts for Twitter and Facebook that you can share and are free to download below. Alternatively, you can follow and share awareness-raising posts by others such as @CleanAirLeedsCC, @CleanAirDayUK or @Living_Leeds.
Starting a conversation about tackling air pollution at your workplace is another great way to get the message out. We’d love you to help us spread the word by sharing information about #CleanAirDay in your newsletters, briefings, or intranet and encouraging staff to get involved. To help get you started, we’ve created a template letter suitable for sharing via your workplace email or intranet that is free to download below (TBC). For tips on how your organisation can help improve air quality in Leeds, check out our ‘What can organisations do?’ page.
- Host an event
If you’re planning a public or private event and would like the Clean Air Day team to help promote it then please register your event for free on the official website. Registering your event will also mean that it appears on the events map above. Want to host a street party? Visit the council’s website for more information.
Clean Air Day resources
The official Clean Air Day website has a great selection of downloadable free materials that you may find helpful.
Materials include: templates (e.g. newsletters and social media content), ready to print resources (e.g. bunting, posters and leaflets), how to guides (e.g. guides on running events or organising a road closure) as well as general guidance and support about engaging people on air pollution.
Please note that you will need to complete a quick online form before accessing these materials.