#BeatAirPollution this World Environment Day, Wednesday 5 June
Worldwide, 91% of people live in areas where air quality exceeds the recommended limit in the World Health Organisation's guidelines. Find out what actions you can take at the University of Edinburgh for World Environment Day.
If you are able, regular walking can improve your health, save you money and reduce your impact on the environment.
For World Environment Day, Just Eat Cycles, Edinburgh's cycle hire scheme, have a half price offer on their annual passes, for £45. Available until midnight, Sunday 9 June.
To celebrate Bike Week 2019 (8 - 16 June) and the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling (6 - 16 June), the University's Transport Office are offering staff and students free led cycle rides and a drop in puncture repair session.
Edinburgh city consultations
The City of Edinburgh Council has launched a consultation on their proposed Low Emission Zones which closes 21 July.
There is also a consultation taking place on street improvements from the Meadows to George Street.
Our vision is to transform cycling, walking, public spaces and accessibility for all on some of Edinburgh’s busiest and most iconic streets.
The project will provide key walking and cycling improvements from Teviot Place along Forrest Road, George IV Bridge and Hanover Street to George Street. As an important part of the Edinburgh City Centre Transformation Strategy, it will be one of the first projects to deliver major street improvements.
Making use of buses, trains and trams to get around Edinburgh instead of driving or getting a taxi helps to reduce the number of vehicles on the road, and therefore the fumes people around the city have no choice but to breathe in.
Using alternatives to vehicles run on fossil fuels is a great start for keeping our air clean.
In the UK, public electric vehicle charging points 'now outnumber petrol stations’, making the transition to electric vehicles easier than ever.
Did you know? 30% of the University of Edinburgh Estates' fleet now have zero emissions (Estates' vehicles make up around a third of University vehicles). More charging points have been installed across the University, with more planned to meet growing demand. The move to electric vehicles is part of our commitment to becoming zero carbon by 2040.
Guidance on sustainable travel
More sources of air pollution
Other causes of reduced air quality besides transport include household, industry, agriculture and waste.
Are you planning to make a positive change this World Environment Day? Tag us on social media, and use the hashtag #BeatAirPollution.
'Worldwide, 91% of people live in areas where air quality exceeds the recommended limit in the World Health Organisation's guidelines. Find out what actions you can take at the University of Edinburgh for World Environment Day.' Source: World Health Organisation