In May 2016 the World Health Organization (WHO) put Oxford in a list of 10 UK towns and cities including London and Glasgow that are failing to meet air quality standards. There has been work to improve the situation but pollution levels are still too high in many parts of the city and in places across the county. Public Health England report that 5.3% of deaths in the county are attributable to particulate air pollution and many people suffer long-term ill-health that is made worse by pollution.
Oxford Friends of the Earth believes that it is time for some real action.
We have also set up The Oxfordshire Clean Air Action Group and we invite you to join it!. We want to see:
- Policy change - We will be lobbying policy-makers at a national, county and city level. Oxfordshire County Council bears a particular responsibility as the authority leading on transport issues for the county.
- Community action - Every community can play a part by helping people understand and engage with the issues. Pollution levels vary widely across the county – those areas that are ‘hot spots’ need support to tackle the local problems.
- Individual action - Everyone contributes at some level to air pollution – it’s up to all of us to play our part in cutting pollution.
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