Clean Air (anti-pollution) Campaign

Most areas of the UK have an air pollution problem.

Many are breaching EU legal limits for deadly nitrogen dioxide (NO2).

40 towns and cities in the UK are breaking World Health Organisation (WHO)

guideline limits for fine particle pollution.

Even if pollution is within legal or WHO guideline limits, it doesn’t mean the air is safe.

In 2018 London has some of the dirtiest air in Europe.

It is a major hotspot for NO2.

Since 2011 London's air has been illegally breaching limits designed to be met in 2010.

Under current plans a child in London might not breathe clean air until the year 2025.

 

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The history of Air Pollution

Air pollution contributed to 6.5 million premature deaths worldwide in 2015 – similar to deaths from smoking.

 

Burning of carbon based fuels is one of the main sources of air pollution, especially when the fuels are impure and/or are burnt in a poorly controlled manner. So for example, smoke from domestic fires kills nearly two million people each year and sickens millions more, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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============================ AIR POLLUTION QUESTIONNAIRE ==================================

 

 

2 million Londoners live in areas with illegal air pollution, including 400,000 children.

 

 

Do you know the effects of polluted air on health, especially on children’s health?

YES

NO

see (A)

Do you agree with London’s Mayor that London has a toxic air crisis?

YES

NO

see (B)

Do you want to know when and where the air is most polluted so that you and your family can try to avoid those times and places?

YES

see (C)

NO

Are you interested in the things we can we do as individuals and families to stop making air pollution worse?

YES

see (D)

NO

Would you like us to check the air pollution levels reported at your child’s school or where you live?

YES

see (E)

NO

 

 

 

A) Contaminated air is particularly harmful for children. If your child breathes high levels of polluted air over a long period, they may be at risk of: (1) their lungs not working as well as they grow older; (2) developing asthma during childhood or as an adult; (3) wheezing & coughs; (4) lung cancer when they’re older; (5) infections like pneumonia. - The British Lung Foundation www.blf.org.uk/support-for-you/signs-of-breathing-problems-in-children/air-pollution

 

 

B) The BMA (‘British Medical Association’ – that’s our doctors!) has called for greater action to tackle the illegal, lethal levels of air pollution in the UK, which are breaching international standards set by the EU (European Union) and the WHO (World Health Organization). See:

www.bma.org.uk/collective-voice/policy-and-research/public-and-population-health/climate-change

 

 

C) Local weather forecasts often give pollution levels. London Air Quality Network www.londonair.org.uk provides information and maps of air pollution in London.

 

 

D) Walk, cycle or use public transport instead of driving, as cars pollute with their exhausts and with dust from tyres and brake pads. Don’t install wood or coal burning stoves and avoid having bonfires or smokey barbecues. Support initiatives by the Mayor and Council that reduce air pollution such as the LEZ, ULEZ, electric buses, cycle lanes and incentives to use the cleanest vehicles.

More details: Friends of the Earth clean air campaign  www.friendsoftheearth.uk/clean-air

 

 

E) We have a list of Ealing schools showing the concentration of the pollutant NO2. You can also look at maps showing pollution levels across Ealing and London for PM2.5, NO2 and NOx. Further information is available from the GLA website: https://data.london.gov.uk/dataset/london-atmospheric-emissions-inventory--laei--2016