21 September 2017
The university is teaming up with Leeds City Council to find out what people in Leeds think about air pollution with the ultimate aim of improving the air quality for those who live and work in the city.
Dr Fiona Fylan, a Health Psychologist based within the Leeds Sustainability Institute at Leeds Beckett, has launched a short online survey together with officers at Leeds City Council to give the people of Leeds the chance to feedback their views.
Dr Fylan explained: “We’re only just starting to find out about the health impacts of air pollution and it’s important we find out about the best ways to make our air cleaner.
“We can only do this if we know more about the journeys that people make and their thoughts and feelings about air pollution. Everybody in Leeds can help with this project and everybody’s views matter.”
The online survey, which is available at http://bit.ly/LeedsCleanAirSurvey
, takes less than 10 minutes to complete and is open to anyone who lives or works in Leeds or who drives in Leeds at least once a week.
Dr Fylan added: “You don’t need to have thought about air pollution or know anything about it. The survey involves answering questions such as: Who has responsibility for reducing air pollution in Leeds? What changes do you think people might make to reduce air pollution?”
Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for sustainability and the environment, said: “Improving air quality in the city is a huge priority for the council and something that we want to tackle with the help of the whole city.
“Working with Leeds Beckett University, we hope to gain a good understanding of the thoughts and understanding of air quality in the city and how people think or want to play their part in improving pollution.
“I would encourage as many people as possible to fill in the questionnaire and feedback their thoughts to the University.”