Clean Air Oxfordshire
Oxforshire Air Needs Your Care - Show Your Support and Sign the Charter!
Oxfordshire faces a serious public health issue - air pollution which contributes to at least 1 in 20 early deaths in the County each year. Toxic emissions from transport are the main cause of air pollution in Oxfordshire. This site had been developed by Oxford Friends of the Earth to support the Oxfordshire Clean Air Charter.
A Clean Air Charter for Oxfordshire
The Oxfordshire Clean Air Charter sets out steps that should be taken to make Oxfordshire a clean air county. It has been developed by Oxford Friends of the Earth with support from several other organisations. Any organisation or individual can sign and endorse the Charter.
Our ambition for change is to make Oxfordshire a clean-air county, meaning that:
• All areas should be at ‘safe’ levels (by World Health Organisation standards) by the end of 2020*
• Air pollution-related mortality should fall by at least 50% by 2030
The Charter calls upon the County, City and District Councils to agree and implement policies on the following issues:
Control polluting vehicles
Promote a long-term shift from car use to more sustainable forms of transport
Create safe streets for walking and cycling
Invest in improving public transport across the county
There are 10 key points within these four areas - see below.
Regarding air pollution, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has set internationally agreed limits available here. Small particulate pollution have health impacts even at very low concentrations – indeed no threshold has been identified below which no damage to health is observed. Therefore, the WHO 2005 guideline limits aimed to achieve the lowest concentrations of PM possible (WHO website, 2018).