Nine out of 10 people would do more to tackle air pollution if they knew how, reveals poll

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2nd October 2019 16:32 - Chemicals

Nine out of 10 people would do more to tackle air pollution if they knew how: A poll by energy company, E.ON has revealed that 88% of people in the UK are confused about air pollution, with 89% saying that if they knew more about what they could do to help, they would do it.

The survey of 2,000 UK adults revealed that two thirds (67%) of respondents have become more worried about air pollution in the last 12 months, with seven in ten (71%) believing that it should be the government who takes primary responsibility for air pollution, followed by big companies (64%) and the general public (63%). 

The survey also revealed that eight out of ten people (81%) feel like they have no other option than to live in an area with air pollution, while a quarter (24%) saying they 'put up' with poor air quality because it comes with city living. 

In response to the results of the survey, E.ON has erected two 16ft lungs along the River Thames in London to raise awareness of the issue. The installations, which are transparent, show a number of different plumes of smoke inside, each corresponding to a different air pollutant. 

Backing the E.ON campaign, Iain Stewart, Professor of Geoscience at the University of Plymouth, Chair od UNESCO Chair in Geoscience and Society and broadcaster said: "Despite it being invisible, toxic air is the UK’s number one environmental hazard and public health priority. It demands national strategy and work to raise awareness."

Another survey of primary school children found that air pollution and quality is a source of worry for almost half those polled (45%).  

A total of 3,434 pupils took part in the research conducted by walking and cycling charity, Sustrans, as well as parents who live within close proximity to a school.

Nine out of ten of the parents surveyed said they would be in favour of street closures around schools to help improve air quality - known as the School Streets scheme, of which 40 schools in the UK currently participate in. 

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