Tackling air pollution will form a crucial part of easing lockdown and protecting the improvements in air quality Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine has said.
June 22nd-28th is ‘Love your Lungs Week’, hosted by British Lung Foundation to promote a greater understanding of something which affects 1 in 5 people in the UK.
There are 80,000 people currently shielding with a respiratory condition in Scotland.
Research by environmental consultancy Ricardo recently discovered that some of Edinburgh’s worst polluted roads have seen huge improvement in air quality since the beginning of lockdown.
Nitrogen dioxide levels in St John’s Road, Corstorphine, have fallen by 68% whilst those in Queensferry Road by 61% compared with figures before COVID-19.
Ms Jardine said:
“Whilst I’m pleased to see that air pollution has improved since we have been in lockdown, we must not take our eye off the ball. No one knows what will happen after lockdown is lifted.
“Protecting that progress must remain a top priority as we know that toxic air contributed to 1 in 29 deaths in the city.
“With many more people working from home and becoming more active, there are fewer vehicles on the road, but we must keep up the momentum after lockdown.
“Last year, Edinburgh’s City Mobility Plan included initiatives to reduce private car use and introduce Low Emissions Zones, but we also need wider consultations with communities and joined up thinking to ensure a greener future for generations to come.”