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Fight For Fair Air: Email your councillor

Marvin Rees’ Labour administration is months overdue in creating its Clean Air Plan – a crucial strategy for tackling Bristol’s deadly air pollution. Here is an opportunity to get your local councillor to put pressure on the Mayor so he is more likely to take the decisive action that the city desperately needs.

First, you need to find your local councillor, using this helpful little tool.

Below is an email template for you to use:

Dear [councillor],

I am writing to share my deep concern about the air pollution problems facing the city, and to urge more action from the council to address it.

Bristol City Council missed the government’s deadline of December last year to produce a Clean Air Plan to bring the level of NO2 in the city down to legal levels.

This is despite the fact that air pollution is linked to around 300 deaths in the city annually, according to a report commissioned by the council. Air pollution is linked to diseases like asthma, bronchitis, heart disease and even affects miscarriages and birth weights.

I believe urgent action must be taken to protect the people of Bristol. Initiatives from other cities, including the introduction of Clean Air Zones, show that change is possible. It is incumbent on the council to urgently address Bristol’s toxic air – an issue which has been called our current number one public health emergency.

I trust as an elected representative you will push for urgent action on this critical issue.


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