Along with many London boroughs, Merton has several air quality black spots, including school sites, where levels of poisonous nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and carbon particulates regularly exceed EU guidelines for clean air.
This Clean Air Day, we want Merton residents to join forces and take action against air pollution! Our individual actions add up and by making changes to our behaviour and the choices we make in our daily lives we can #BreatheCleanerAir in Merton.
Poor air quality is one of the greatest environmental risks to health, with almost 10,000 of our fellow Londoners dying prematurely each year from air pollution related causes.
Long term exposure can increase your risk of lung cancer and has also been linked to high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.
Children are particularly vulnerable to poor air quality due their smaller, developing lungs and proximity to vehicle emissions. Air pollution can play a part in causing asthma for some children and worsening symptoms in those who have the condition, and can affect children's lung function development.
Make your pledge
We have a created a list of actions that you can take to reduce and avoid air pollution in Merton and we are challenging you to make 3 pledges (or more) today!
From travelling greener and cleaner, to not idling your car, there are steps we can all take that will make a difference. Will you be part of the solution?
Scroll down the form to make your pledges
I was shocked to learn that dirty air can even limit the development of children’s lungs. It’s great therefore to hear that we can all play our part in improving the quality of the air we breathe in Merton.