This is a public health crisis and must be taken more seriously by the Scottish Government.Mark Ruskell MSP
A default 20 mph speed limit in residential streets and better public transport can help tackle the public health crisis that is air pollution, according to Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, who will today (14 June) lead a debate at Holyrood on National Clean Air Day.
Elevated pollution levels, usually located in urban areas with high volumes of road traffic, have been associated with a number of health issues, including heart and lung disease. Mr Ruskell’s motion, which has received cross party support ahead of this afternoon's debate, highlights research by Professor David Newby of Edinburgh University showing that air pollution is a particular issue for those living with cardiovascular disease.
Mark Ruskell, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, said:
“I am pleased to be highlighting the first National Clean Air Day in parliament. It is vital that serious action is taken to tackle areas of poor air quality. Thousands are killed every year in Scotland as a result of air pollution, with the health of thousands more being seriously impacted.
"The British Heart Foundation and Edinburgh University research shows that poor air quality adversely affects those with cardiovascular disease. This is a public health crisis and must be taken more seriously by the Scottish Government.
"Simple measures such as the introduction of a default 20 mph speed limit in residential streets, greater investment in walking and cycling, and improving our public transport can make a big difference.”