June is Hampshire Clean Air Month. Events and activities are taking place across the county by local climate change campaigners under the heading Hampshire BREATHE. 

In Winchester, climate charity Winchester Action on Climate Change is focussing on traffic in the city as a major cause of air pollution. 

WinACC, in partnership with the City of Winchester Trust and Friends of the Earth Winchester, is organising  a public meeting Movement in Winchester: Learning from Oxford on Tuesday 13 June in Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry St at 7.30 with expert pseakers to share ideas about how to make it easier and more pleasant to move round Winchester town. They’re expecting a packed house, so email events@winacc.org.uk to be sure of your seat. 

People who want to take the conversation further are invited to a follow-up meeting on Saturday 1 July at 10.30, Movement in Winchester: applying the lessons 10.30am-12.00 (10.00 for tea/coffee) at St Lawrence's Parish Room, Colebrook St, Winchester SO23 9LH.

It’s not only Winchester which is joining in Hampshire BREATHE’s June Clean Air Month.

In Fareham, a Fresh Air Walk on Monday 5 June highlighted air pollution by wearing masks, under the banner Fareham BREATHE with the Parish Ecology Group.  They appeared on That's Solent TV. The next Fresh Air Walk is Thursday June 15th when they meet at the Rose Tree in West Street Fareham and then walk along the main westward exit via the Railway station to Fareham College and back via the Avenue to the Rose tree. It will start at 10.30am and is about an hour.

In Southampton  there are lots of activities (see here) including:

  • On National Clean Air Day 15 June Transition Southampton have event at the Bargate, with electric vehicles on display, "meet the driver" sessions, cargo bikes, and bikes of all kinds on display. St John's School have a road closure, a lunch and air pollution monitoring relayed live to West Quay. The Environment Centre is putting on displays in four locations. Clean Air Southampton will be running a competition to win one of 20 diffusion tube monitors, to monitor the air where you live.  
  • On 25 June, Clean Air Southampton will run the diffusion tube competition again at HSBC UK Cycle Southampton , and Southampton Cycling Campaign will be there. See Clean Air Southampton on Facebook.

In Portsmouth, activists have called on city planners to “change their outdated thinking”, claiming that the £40m cost to build a new city centre road would be better spent “greening” the city with well-landscaped roundabouts and linked greenways for pedestrians and cyclists. 

BREATHE posters and stickers are appearing in windows round the county to show the strength of popular support for better air, transport, health and environment. Local groups are adopting the slogan “Back BREATHE” with their own slant, such as “Our choir backs BREATHE”. 

With the first ever UK National Clean Air Day on Thursday 15 June, Hampshire BREATHE encourages groups of any kind to create their own BREATHE action. They can share ideas in the Back BREATHE Facebook group and see lots of ideas on the website of National Clean Air Day at www.cleanairday.org.uk

Anyone who wants to find out more or join in can go to the BREATHE Facebook page, follow @BREATHE_Win on Twitter or email BREATHE@winacc.org.uk