Clean air. If you’ve ever suffered from asthma, bronchitis or watched someone you love struggle for breath, you’ll know just how important it is for them to have it.
That’s why I used Clean Air Day, to launch a petition, with MSP Alex Cole Hamilton and councillor Gillian Gloyer, to get something done about the pollution in Corstorphine.
Clean Air Day is the national day of campaigning to curb pollution and raise awareness of its effects on our health.
That’s particularly important to us here in Edinburgh West where we have some of the most polluted stretches of road in the country - St Johns Road, in Murrayfield and on Queensferry Road.
Research by Friends of the Earth Scotland has shown that St John’s Road was the second most polluted street for nitrogen dioxide in Scotland in 2017. Queensferry Road was the second most polluted street for particulate matter.
Air pollution costs an estimated £1.1 billion annually to the Scottish economy and more importantly, is responsible for over 2500 early deaths every year in Scotland.
We need to do something.
Chris Young of Corstorphine Climate Action and Alex Cole-Hamilton have already campaigned hard air pollution here and I am delighted to add my voice to the campaign with the launch of our petition for clean air in the west of Edinburgh.
Air pollution from traffic fumes has a devastating impact on health, especially on children and people with existing health problems.
Setting up Low Emission Zones in towns and cities can make a real difference in reducing vehicle emissions and improving the health of people growing up in polluted areas.
Given that the west of Edinburgh is has two of the most polluted roads in the country, it is obvious that any future Low Emissions Zone needs to extend beyond the city centre.
So please, sign our petition. We must show the Council loud and clear how important it is to residents that our area is covered by the LEZ, so that we can start to take concrete steps towards getting clean air for Corstorphine.