trafficTake Action Now! Last week Friends of the Earth Scotland revealed that levels of air pollution on streets in Scotland are still breaking legal limits.

Now, the Scottish Government has launched a clean air action plan, called the “Low Emission Strategy,” for consultation. The Strategy is the best thing that the Government has put on the table to date to tackle air pollution, but it has no funding attached to it so could end up being toothless.

roadsvsairspendThe Government’s budget plan for the coming year is to spend a meagre £3.15 million to tackle air quality, compared with a whopping £700 million on building new motorways and roads. Meanwhile, air pollution costs the Scottish economy £1.6 billion in health costs and days of work lost. A little more to help air quality could go a long way.

We need to send a strong message to the Scottish Government that they need to put their money where their mouth is to make our air safe to breathe!

Please take a moment to email John Swinney, Deputy First Minister & Finance Secretary to ask that he double the funding available in the budget to tackling air pollution.

Take action here