21 April 2023
12.4 million people in the UK could be oblivious to the dangers of air pollution because they live in rural areas and assume it is safe. The latest data from the Office for National Statistics in 2020 estimated that 18.9% of the UK population (around 12.4million people), live in rural areas and although in general it is true that air pollution is lower in the countryside than in the city, it is not to be ignored.
Although the countryside may have less traffic and industrial activity than urban areas, it is not completely safe. Here are a few reasons why:
What can we do to help reduce air pollution in the countryside?
We can reduce air pollution in the countryside in much the same way as in urban areas but some specific actions include:
As we head through April into May, we find that compared with other seasons, this time of year is not the worst for air pollution in the countryside. If you’re thinking of heading out of the city for a staycation, then now is the time to do it.
The reason is that during the spring months, plants and trees start to grow and produce oxygen, which can help to improve air quality. Additionally, wind and rain can help to disperse pollutants and clear the air. In fact, a recent study by Manchester University found that people in urban areas actually have worse hay fever symptoms because air pollution makes people more sensitive to allergens.
In conclusion, we urge those living or working in the countryside not to become complacent and to educate themselves and others on the dangers of air pollution. It is important that we work together to take steps to reduce air pollution everywhere to protect public health and the environment.
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