This June is Hampshire Clean Air Month. Events and activities are being planned across the county under the heading Hampshire BREATHE. 

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”. 

In Winchester, Winchester Action on Climate Change is focussing on traffic in the city as a major cause of air pollution, with a public meeting on 13 June Movement in Winchester: Learning from Oxford, showing how Oxford has tackled traffic management to improve the city, the impact on businesses and the public, and what this could mean for Winchester. A follow-up meeting on Saturday 1 July Movement in Winchester: applying the lessons will take the discussion further. WinACC will also run a Pollution Poll at the Hat Fair on Sunday 2 July inviting people to vote using milk-bottle-tops in glass sweet jars, for what they want done to improve the air in Winchester. 

In Fareham, a Fresh Air Walk on Monday 5 June will highlight air pollution by wearing masks, under the banner Fareham BREATHE with the Parish Ecology Group. Meet at the Ironmaster Pub West Street Fareham at 10.30am. 

In Portsmouth, activists have called on city planners to “change their outdated thinking”, claiming that the £40m cost to build a new city centre road would be better spent “greening” the city with well-landscaped roundabouts and linked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

In the New Forest, four schools are planning action . Hounsdown, Applemore, Priestlands & Small School Lyndhurst- all from areas in breach. Hounsdown generously sharing resources. David Harrison ( new Hants Councillor) joining them in Totton for action on June 15

In Southampton,15th June - National Clean Air Day - an event at the Bargate, organised by Transition Southampton . Electric vehicles on display, "meet the driver" sessions, cargo bikes, and bikes of all kinds on display . St John's School will also be getting involved with a road closure, a lunch and air pollution monitoring relayed live to West Quay. The Environment Centre is also 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. 

25th June - HSBC UK Cycle Southampton - Clean Air Southampton will be running the diffusion tube competition again, and Southampton Cycling Campaign will be there too.

We've heard that there is an EV event at St Mary's Stadium on 8th June for fleet buyers and other commercial vehicle operators. 

Zero emission vehicles will be in the limelight on 15th June as part of the first National Clean Air Day being celebrated in the city. The bright sparks at The Environment Centre, Transition Southampton and Southampton City Council will be organising activities around the Bargate to raise awareness of pollution-free transport and ways to improve air quality. There will also be stalls in four locations around the City, at West Quay, Southampton General Hospital, St John’s Nursery and Primary School and Sure Start at Pickles Coppice.

The event will include a chance to look at the latest electric cars and bikes (including pedal), an opportunity to meet electric car and bike owners and hear about their experience, see the future of electric transport on the water, air quality monitoring at St John’s School relayed to West Quay, a lunchtime picnic on a closed road at St John’s, Bike Doctor, dance sessions and much more. For more information see Clean Air Day website . More volunteers needed so please contact Roger Munford if you can help rogermunford'at'parussoftware.co.uk

My Journey, the one stop destination for travel information and advice in and around the Hampshire area, is backing BREATHE by putting the logo on its air quality pages. 

All over Hampshire, election candidates are being asked to take action on air quality, with letters from local groups and questions from voters on the doorstep.