Glasgow has been in the news once again, hitting the highest spots on an analysis on illegal street pollution levels. Our friends at Friends of the Earth Scotland explain how you can help by contacting your councillors:
“You have probably seen the news that Glasgow’s Hope Street has just been named as Scotland’s most polluted street…again. Dumbarton Road and Clarence Drive in Glasgow also make this list of toxic hotspots.
Glasgow City Council is planning a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) in the city centre to tackle air pollution. But there are fears that this LEZ will only initially apply restrictions to some buses.
The Zone would be more effective at cutting pollution if it also applied to dirty vans and lorries by the end of 2018. It should then be expanded to include polluting cars and taxis by 2020.
Councillors meet in March to decide what vehicles the LEZ will apply to and when. As a someone who lives in Glasgow, you can put pressure on them to take action to improve public health, air quality and to cut climate emissions.
Email members of the Council’s Environment Committee now to demand clean air for Glasgow:
This LEZ must be the first step in an integrated sustainable transport system for Glasgow. This would improve and expand options for public transport, cycling and walking, and discourage unnecessary car use.
Glasgow needs to set a high standard as it will be the first of four Low Emission Zones across Scotland. You can help show that there is huge public support for action on air pollution.
Air pollution is causing a public health crisis and is responsible for 300 early deaths in Glasgow each year. People are still suffering from its impacts, years after a legal air quality deadline was due to be met.
Email the Councillors responsible for the LEZ to show you support this vision for clean transport and an end to air pollution in Glasgow.
Thanks for taking action on air pollution,
Air pollution campaigner
Friends of the Earth Scotland”