James at the launch of Clean Air Day in Parliament
James at the launch of Clean Air Day in Parliament

Bury North MP James Frith has called for action after the latest figures from the Environment Agency show dangerously high levels of some pollutants in our air.

The Environment Agency’s ‘State of the Environment’ report on air quality shows that, whilst emissions and concentrations of most air pollutants have decreased in recent decades, levels of nitrogen dioxide are above legal levels in many urban areas and particulate matter is at levels of concern to human health in many areas.

On Clean Air Day this month, James Frith MP encouraged local people to help improve air quality for all by ditching their cars and getting active.

People in Bury are encouraged to cycle or walk when they can. This will limit their pollution contribution but also protect their heart health, as air pollution levels can be significantly higher inside a car.

As well as encouraging individual action, James Frith MP is also calling for national action to make the UK’s air safe to breathe, especially for their constituents with heart and circulatory conditions whose health is at increased risk from air pollution.

Air pollution is now the largest environmental risk factor linked to deaths in England, with the majority of air-pollution related deaths worldwide (58%) caused by heart disease or stroke.

James Frith MP attended a photo-call organised by the British Heart Foundation in Parliament ahead of Clean Air Day to express their support for action that will ensure that the health of people living in Bury isn’t at risk from the air they breathe.

The BHF is urging government to make this happen by adopting World Health Organisation (WHO) air quality guidelines into UK law.

The charity believes it is vital that the UK’s air quality legislation has the protection of health at its core. This will ensure that efforts to reduce air pollution achieve meaningful outcomes, particularly for vulnerable groups whose lives are impacted by outdoor air pollution.

James Frith, MP for Bury North, said:

“It’s important that we have better air quality so local people don’t need to worry about dirty air damaging their health when they leave the house. Research has shown that even the smallest reduction can make a big difference in preventing new cases of coronary heart disease. I’m supporting the call for all effective action to be taken to clean up our air.”

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