AIR POLLUTION QUESTIONNAIRE: NOTES FOR RESPONDENTS

 

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 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