We’ve all heard that air pollution is becoming a problem nationally. But it’s not a problem here, is it?
Yes it is. Air quality is a problem all of the country, and there are areas where the air does not meet European standards for clean air. These include Stoke-on-Trent, Kidsgrove, Leek, Newcastle, Cellarhead, Madeley, Burton Upon Trent, St. Peter’s Bridge- Stapenhill, Muckley Corner, Five Ways Island- Heath Hayes, A38 Stretham to Alrewas, A5 Churchbridge to Norton Canes and Oak Farm.
It’s a growing problem and is responsible for almost 500 deaths a year in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. One third of all deaths from stroke, lung cancer and heart disease are due to air pollution. It affects everyone. It affects people of any age; with unborn children, young children and older people being particularly vulnerable. It’s the biggest environmental threat to the public’s health.
Whilst local authorities are working hard to change things, everyone can do something to help themselves and their family breathe easier. Pollution from vehicles is by far the largest source of air pollution in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.Even if you can’t give up the car, the good news is that if you just travel differently, or just change how you drive one day a week.
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