The burning of fossil fuels pollutes the air that we breathe and also causes climate change.
Black carbon is particularly relevant to climate and air quality, and is made up of microscopic particles released when fuels such as coal, diesel and wood are burnt. These particles cause serious damage to our health and also have a powerful warming effect on our climate in a number of different ways. Most black carbon in the UK comes from diesel engines, and this is why the Healthy Air Campaign is working to persuade Government to drastically reduce the use of diesel.
For the sake of our health now and in the future we must achieve a dramatic shift to cleaner transport and reductions in overall levels of traffic. Clean affordable and healthy forms of transport such as walking and cycling need to be prioritised above all.