The Lord Mayor, Councillor David Fuller and Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Ben Dowling have been leading the way by trying out an electric vehicle courtsey of Snows to visit local schools that have been supporting clean air day.
Junior Road Safety Officers at Portsdown Primary School and Copner Primary School have been running assemblies explaining why clean air in our city is so important and how everyone can get involved.
Businesses have been urged to get involved by encouraging staff to leave their car at home. Portsmouth City Council staff have also been getting their bikes fixed by the bike doctor and finding out more about their cycle to work scheme and other benefits on offer that help staff use public transport or take active travel.
Lord Mayor Councillor David Fuller said "Children are our future and it was great to hear their views on air pollution and how important it is to them that we all think about how we travel especially on those shorter journeys when we can just leave the car at home.
After travelling around in the electric car, I would really encourage anyone considering getting a new car, to consider getting an electric car."
Mark Trapani Head of Business and Group Board Director for Snows Group said ‘I am really pleased that the Lord Mayor chose to visit local Portsmouth Schools in a new BMW i3, and see for himself what an electric vehicle is like.
"The BMW i3 is probably the most efficient and Eco-Friendly car on the planet and is built using materials from renewable resources. The combination of renewable resources and Zero emissions are the perfect combination to help reduce our Carbon Footprint and improve air quality Portsmouth".
Councillor Dave Ashmore, Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change said "It's great to see so many schools in Portsmouth encouraging children to scoot, walk and cycle and for parents to switch their engines off when waiting outside school. We have a problem of air pollution in the city so we all need to think about how we could travel in a better way, even if it is just once or twice a week, so future generations in Portsmouth breath cleaner air."