Burning fossil fuel for transport produces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. Climate change is causing increasing damage to health. Burning fossil fuel also produces air pollution that is directly harmful to health. We must design our towns and our lives so that we aren't forced to rely on polluting private cars. See also our transport pages and Global Action Plan's National Clean Air Day website.

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From August 2017, roadside checks of lorries carried out by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will include an emissions check.  Full details are on the government website.

Local climate activists marked National Clean Air Day on 15 June with criticisms of the government’s draft plan for tackling air quality “Improving air quality in the UK: Tackling nitrogen dioxide in our towns and cities”.

 According to climate charity Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC), the government’s proposals are far too modest, and the timetable too slow.

As usual, WinACC will have a stall at Oram's Arbour on Hat Fair - this year on Sunday 2 July. We will run our pollution poll to ask people what they want done about air pollution in Winchester. We ran this twice last year - see the findings.

WinACC response to the inadequate Government draft Air Quality Plan "Tackling nitrogen dioxide in our towns and cities: A consultation".

The government finally published its draft Air Quality Plan on 5 May. Friends of the Earth (FoE) say:

"This should have been a Plan that helped people out of dirty diesels in to clean vehicles and cheaper, better, public transport.  Unfortunately for us all – it wasn’t. Far from it."

It's the UK's first ever National Clean Air Day on 15 June, to tell people about air pollution and take action to make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone.

June is Hampshire Clean Air Month. Read about events and activities across the county under the heading Hampshire BREATHE.

This June is Hampshire Clean Air Month. Events and activities are being planned across the county under the heading Hampshire BREATHE. 

Winchester City Council increased central Winchester can parking charges on 1 May 2017. Below is the Council's press release setting out their reasons. WinACC  supports the aim of encouraging fewer people to drive in the city centre.

On Saturday 1 April 2017, environmental campaigners in Winchester launched a new initiative, BREATHE: for better air, transport, health and environment. Posters will be going up in windows “We back BREATHE” with a distinctive green thumbs-up sign.

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BREATHE logoBREATHE for  better air, transport, health and environment.  We hope you will run your own  BREATHE actions. See our guidelines on using the name, strapline, logo and posters

Follow @BREATHE_Win on Twitter, BREATHE Facebook page and Back BREATHE Facebook group where you can share your ideas and your campaigns. 

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July 2017

At the Hat Fair this year, WinACC will run our pollution poll to ask people what they want done about air pollution in Winchester. We ran this twice last year - see the findings.