Breathe Easy September
31 August 2019
By Hayley Carmichael
Air pollution and health are intrinsically linked, which is why, as part of our ongoing work to Care Without Carbon we encourage as many staff as possible to take part in Breathe Easy September
A month long campaign across several NHS Trusts
As part of our work to Care Without Carbon we are asking everyone to help us all breathe more easily this September by choosing more active travel or mindful use of vehicles.
Breathe Easy September is happening right across our STP region. We hope that together we can begin to tackle local air pollution to begin to mitigate the negative health impacts that air pollution contributes to within our communities.
Through our activities we aim to:
- Reduce idling on our sites
- Reduce the volume of vehicles coming and going from our sites
- Promote walking, cycling and public transport as commute options
- Encourage more active travel both at home and at work
What will it involve?
There will be a new pledge launched for our ongoing Dare to Care campaign called ‘I dare to #activecommute which we encourage as many people as possible to sign up to.
A new Dare Challenge will launch in September called Pedal Power which brings teams together (although individuals can take part too) to tackle one of three virtual routes over 8 weeks.
There will be weekly blogs on the Care Without Carbon website and lots of information shared on Twitter too so if you don’t follow @CareWithoutCO2 yet then now is the perfect time to start.
In addition we are working with Living Streets whose Walking Works initiative is providing us with a guided walk for staff at either Horsham or Crawley (we’ll promote closer to the time) on 26th September, and they are also delivering some walking champion training too.
Lastly we will be asking staff to complete a travel survey which will help us understand how you currently get from A to B and how we could support you in choosing greener alternatives.
Please do talk to colleagues about Breathe Easy September and help us to begin to tackle air pollution, which can create so many avoidable health problems.
Why this matters
The links between air pollution and health are strong, and as healthcare providers it natural that we try to tackle this.
You can read the report ‘every breathe we take’ by the Royal College of Physicians which is a great exploration of the health impacts of air pollution in the UK.
For a more global perspective this piece by the World Health Organisation is worth looking at.