Throughout the day, RSK tweeted images of its staff making and undertaking their pledges, and one was even named a winner in the National Clean Air Day Competition. Farah Najeeb and Carla Turner, of ADAS (an RSK company) took two photos, one of them car sharing and one of Farah in her empty car space at work, as proof of them completing their pledge. It will be exhibited with the other winners in the United Nations Environment Programme headquarters in Nairobi.
Carla and Farah’s car sharing pledge
Several RSK employees also attended the air quality: sustainable solutions for Greater Manchester event hosted by Manchester City of Trees on 15 June.
Of course, clean air is for life not just one day so RSK staff are continuing their efforts to reduce their emissions, and raising awareness.
Here’s a few simple actions you could consider:
- Use your car less: 25% of all car journeys in the UK are less than two miles. Let’s be honest, many of us have driven just round to the corner to the shop but we could have popped there on our bikes or by walking.
- Cycle or walk quieter routes: use side streets, canal paths, bridleways, footpaths, etc., away from congested/busy roads.
- Drive more efficiently: avoid harsh acceleration, keep your tyres inflated and switch your engine off when stationary. When stuck in congested traffic, turn on the recirculate button for your ventilation and avoid bringing exhaust fumes from the car in front into your car.
- Contact your local MP: ask what they are doing to help improve air quality and ask them to help ensure the government takes action.
- Shop and eat local: reduce the miles (and emissions) from the transportation of your goods/food, or even grow your own food – can’t get more local than that!
Some of RSK’s pledges:
For more information, please visit the National Clean Air Day website.