We can all agree that we don’t want to wake up to another ‘Great Smog’ (as seen in the Crown..). But what can you and your company do to make the very air we breathe a little cleaner?
1. Show that you care
You can tell your team that every year 7 million premature deaths are linked to air pollution. You want them to be healthy and happy, and there are steps we can all take to help ourselves and each other.
Cleanairday.org.uk provide an awesome free Workspace Toolkit that includes recommendations, key facts, pledge cards, and even a sample newsletter copy! On the 21st June (and before) you can also follow #CleanAirDay for inspiration.
2. Suggest meeting less
Larissa Lockwood (coordinator of Clean Air Day at Global Action Plan) recommends challenging teams to meet by video or teleconference instead of driving.
Obviously working from home (and saving on car journeys) every now and again is good for the environment. I found that not seeing my colleagues every day made me like them more! Not that I didn’t like them before, just time away really made me appreciate having a team and we had more to talk about.
3. Running to work, anyone?
Then there are those who can’t wait to see their colleagues. The brave people of Leeds are going to run to work on this Clean Air day! Impressive.
Not a runner? West Michigan Clean Air Action suggest offering financial incentives for those willing to share rides. Others may make contributions towards more environmentally friendly cars.
To encourage cycling, companies can provide showers or a space for bikes. You can also find some kind of reward for people who cycle or at least recognise those who cycle the longest distance.
You can encourage cyclists amongst you to try CleanSpace app. It gives you access to local air pollution data and choose cleaner routes for everyday journeys. You can also support the British Lung Foundation as part of your Corporate Social Responsibility to help those affected by the air pollution.
Shockingly, two thirds of all car journeys are under 5 miles and there’s got to be a way to travel that distance without driving, at least some of the time.
4. Plants can help a little
According to Friends of the Earth, particularly helpful plants include English ivy, broadleaf lady palm and (if you want to channel your inner Sergeant Angel), peace lilies.
5. Get involved
Your local council will probably have a Clean Air strategy. They could have some great suggestions and highlight local initiatives you could support.
Is there any way you can cut down any journeys in your business operations? You can always ask your team for ideas, after all, if you can - we will all benefit.