Clean Air Public Insight Tracker (CAPIT)
Air pollution is the single greatest environmental risk to our health. The premature deaths, ailments and lost working days caused by air pollution are well documented. Like other major health risks it can lead to concern, anger, frustration and fear when the issue comes to light. These emotional responses cannot be controlled, but should be addressed. People should not need to live with concern and fear when their actions can mitigate the risk. Nor should people have frustration and anger welling up inside them when there are steps they can take to improve the situation.
The September 2019 CAPIT survey gave us some key insights including:
- Investment in public transport (improved provision, reduced fares) is the public’s number one ask of government to tackle air pollution.
- Almost three quarters of people support a ban on engine idling at the school gate
- People feel that businesses should focus on improving their employees’ ability to work from home in order to tackle air pollution.
- Most people think air pollution has some impact on their health, and many are concerned about the long-term impacts of air pollution on their health, especially younger people.