Southampton City Council will lead the way by introducing ambitious measures to create a cleaner, greener, healthier and more sustainable city when it launches the Green City Charter at the Guildhall from 12-2pm on 20 June, which is National Clean Air Day. Through the Charter, Southampton will be a better place for present and future generations that is prepared for the challenges presented by climate change. The council will achieve this by ensuring we are ambitious, leading by example and by setting challenging goals.
Councillor Christopher Hammond, Leader of Southampton City Council, comments: "Southampton City Council is proud to be introducing some of the most ambitious measures to improve air quality and avert a climate crisis ever adopted by a UK council through the Green City Charter.
"Now is the time for action to be taken as a collective rather than in isolation. Through the Charter, I'm calling on everybody to get involved in efforts to clean up the city and make it a greener and healthier place to live.
"It's encouraging that many of the city's biggest players are getting behind the vision for the Green City Charter including Southampton Football Club, Bluestar, University of Southampton, and the port companies, ABP and DP World. Together, we can show future generations of children in the city that we helped to create a better future through the Green City Charter."
The invite-only event will be attended by representatives from organisations and community groups from across the city who will be key to supporting our efforts to improve air quality and live more sustainably. Members of the public can sign the Charter online or attend a day of activities to mark National Clean Air Day, in Guildhall Square from 10am to 3pm. There will be a range of activities that showcase what is being done across the city to improve air quality and encourage more sustainable travel in and around the city. The My Journey team will be at the event with advice and support to help people travel sustainably, supported by their new walking and cycling app partners, Go Jauntly and Love to Ride. They will also be bringing along their interactive Air Quality Exhibit and their Get Cycle Savvy Pit Stop will be on hand to provide free bike checks, information about YoBike and more.
Also at the event will be First Bus and Bluestar, zero emissions delivery service Zedify, green energy providers CitizEn Energy and JoJu, suppliers of electric vehicle charging points. The Richmond Motor Group will be showcasing vehicles from the electric Hyundai range while Decathlon will be providing a range of bikes to try out.