An estimated 9,500 Londoners die prematurely each year from causes related to air pollution. Air pollution contributes to a myriad of health problems including asthma, heart disease and lung
Those who live in deprived communities suffer disproportionately from the poorest air
Although London’s policymakers, planners and health professionals understand that the poor air quality in the capital is contributing to ill health and fatalities, London is not experiencing the essential improvements in air quality fast enough. quality.
Aim of project
This two year project aims to create a critical mass of communities that are actively engaged in making a difference to air quality in London. It will also build on our successful Cleaner Air 4 Schools work. Communities are helped to understand and map air quality in their local area, develop action plans to appropriate policy change, and work collectively to share ideas and learning through inspirational learning. We will:
- Increase understanding of, and engagement with, air quality issues amongst communities, London opinion formers and decisions makers.
- Enable local organisations to directly influence local and strategic planning and policy.
Who are we working with?
We are working and have conducted citizen science mapping with the Battersea Society, Sustainable Merton, Transition Town Tooting, Gascoigne Place Neighbourhood Association in Tower Hamlets, Hackney Residents Association, St Mathew’s church in Brent and the Hornbeam Centre in Waltham Forest.
How is it being delivered?
LSx is delivering training and support to three or four communities across London through the following approaches:
- Air Quality Teams – Local Advocates will be recruited from community organisations.
- Citizen Science – The teams are trained to use equipment such as diffusion tubes, ghost wipes and lichen observation to measure and map nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter concentration levels and identify air pollution ‘hot-spots’.
- Action Planning – Working with local businesses, schools and other stakeholders. The teams will identify key areas for action and how these can be realised through changes to local, regional and/or national policy.
- Peer-to-Peer Social Marketing – Teams will promote awareness and share learning in their local communities.
- Cross-London Learning events – Air Quality Teams will share learning and data at annual events for all those engaged in similar work across the capital.
- Funding – If you belong to a deprived community, LSx can help you by supporting the costs of the diffusion tubes.
The toolkit can be found here.
“Thanks for the help and information we have received from LSx in getting to grips with citizen science in our area. We are now confident in taking the campaign forward with Wandsworth council”
Secretary of the Battersea Society
“It made me much more aware of the pollution problems and I am grateful for this.”
“I was so surprised when I saw how bad the pollution is. There is so much that we can do!”
For more information please contact Hannah Gardiner on 0207 234 9402 or emai H.Gardiner@lsx.org.uk
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 King's College: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/lsm/research/divisions/aes/research/ERG/research-projects/HIAinLondonKingsReport14072015final.pdf