What's the problem?
- The air is unsafe to breathe for 2.8 million people – air pollution in every local authority breaches legal limits.
- People’s lives are being cut short – polluted air contributes to 1,200 premature deaths every year.
- 290,000 people with lung conditions being put at high risk – toxic air can cause an asthma attack or flare-up of COPD, which can leave people hospitalised.
- Costing up to £500 million every year – toxic air is expensive and bad for business. It is costing millions of pounds and putting an unnecessary burden on health services.
We want Greater Manchester’s new mayor to commit to:
- An ambitious clean air zone for Greater Manchester, that restricts all polluting vehicles in the most polluted areas.
- A region-wide clean air plan that seeks to reduce all pollution, specifically around schools, hospitals and care homes, that is integrated with health plans, COVID-19 recovery and seeks to reduce health inequalities.
- Further and faster investment in cycling, walking and cleaner public transport to enable people to choose healthier forms of travel.