The London borough of Tower Hamlets has launched a campaign called ‘Breathe Clean’ to raise awareness of air pollution issues and encourage more sustainable travel.
The council is working with the NHS, TfL and environmental charities to help stop idling outside schools, introduce new green spaces in areas of high pollution, and improve take-up of sustainable transport.
Tower Hamlets currently has the fifth worst air pollution levels in London and they exceed UK and European UK air quality levels.
John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said: “We’re one of the best boroughs in London for transport connections. We need use those sustainable connections to reduce pollution levels, improve the environment and make Tower Hamlets a healthier place to live, work and visit.”
Councillor Rachel Blake, Cabinet Member for Environment, added: “Some of the worst air quality in Tower Hamlets is in our more deprived areas and so the council has an ambitious plan to get air quality within legal limits.
“Our campaign to Breathe Clean encourages everyone to make a change to improve air quality in the borough.”