This Saturday (22nd September) marks ‘World Car Free Day’ an opportunity to imagine life without cars dominating our local environment. To celebrate a vision of car-free streets Islington residents, and environmental campaign group Climate Rush will create a “Walking car” aka The Clean Air Cloud.
This is an extract from a climate rush blog about air quality:
Young children in pushchairs are also particularly vulnerable to the effects of air pollution on busy roads because they are much closer to the source of pollution, the exhaust fumes. It is estimated that up to 30% of childhood asthma is caused by poor air quality – a terrifying statistic bearing in mind that 1,148 schools in London are within 150 metres of roads carrying 10,000 or more vehicles per day and a total of 2,270 schools within 400 metres of such roads.
This Saturday, take a guided tour of Islington’s most polluted places, schools and residential areas, parking along the way and carrying out fun family friendly car-free activities.
Join Climate Rush in Laycock Street Park (Playground) at 11am to take part in the tour; they aim to finish in Highbury Fields at around 2pm.
Support the idea of cleaner air and less cars on London’s streets, share cars with your neighbours, campaign for a better cycling infrastructure built and walk a little bit more. #cleanaircloud
Apparently the running costs for an average car is around £3000 a year. Think if you shared a car with your 3 best friends how much money you would save
Follow twitter.com/ClimateRush and don’t forget to use the hashtag #cleanaircloud