We’ve all heard that air pollution is a problem nationally. But it’s not a problem here in Staffordshire, is it?
Yes it is. Air quality is a problem across all of the country, and there are areas of Staffordshire 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 390 deaths a year in Staffordshire. 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 babies, children and older people being particularly vulnerable. It is currently the biggest environmental threat to public 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. Even if you can’t give up the car completely, the good news is that if you travel differently and change the way you travel one day a week you could make a massive difference.
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