Workers in Leeds are being urged to ditch their cars and pull on their trainers to mark Clean Air Day
All this week, employees of the non-for-profit organisation Run For All have given up their cars as they aim to raise awareness about air quality issues in Leeds and promote use of greener transport in the city. Today the Run For All team have swapped their cars and run to work, in which they hope Leeds will carry on in their footsteps.
According to the World Health Organisation air pollution causes almost 40,000 deaths a year. Emissions from cars, vans and lorries are responsible for much of these emissions.
The health problems caused by air pollution have huge financial implications impacting upon our health services, business and he individuals suffering from related illnesses.
Siobhan Curtis, Head of Commercial, at Run For All, said: “Air pollution in the city is an issue we all recognize. It’s hard to think that one person can make a difference, but leaving your car on the drive for a few days can benefit not only your health but have a great impact on the environment. We’re inviting everyone in Leeds to join us in our pledge to carry on running to work.”
“It’s a challenge for sure, but run-commuting is a great way to get to and from work. You’re effectively training and getting fit in dead time. You’re also not sat bumper to bumper in a traffic jam!”
Run For All are encouraging people to share their Clean Air Day stories and will be holding a competition on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. The best run to work selfie post on Clean Air Day will win a free place at the Asda Foundation Leeds 10K on Sunday 7th July. To enter, runners will need to tag @RunForAll and use the hashtags #CleanAirDay and #RuntoWork.