July 2018 It’s been a year in the making for various reasons but our short film Grab a Breath in collaboration with campaign group Doctors Against Diesel is now finished. It features children from the school council at Green Dragon School in Brentford and they did a great job at asking Doctor Norrice Liu questions about air pollution.
You can view it here on YouTube, it’s only 6 minutes long:
Tuesday 27 February 2018 Catherine MacGuire from ClientEarth ventured over to Brentford amidst snow flurries, to tell us about their Clean Air Parents’ Network (CAPN) which has just launched. She also listened and took a note of the concerns we have with air quality in Brentford. Continue reading
7 July 2017 Back in the summer on a very warm and balmy day we invited the campaign group Doctors Against Diesel over to Brentford to answer questions from children at Green Dragon Primary School. Ezra Hinds kindly agreed to do the filming and another volunteer, Magred Pryce is now doing the post-production for this short film. As a follow-up from one of our mini-talks on air pollution, children from the school council discussed the issues with Doctor Norrice Liu, Paediatrician at Queen Mary University. We had a really fun morning together and are looking forward to seeing the final film. We’ll make this available to all local schools and online to help raise awareness of the issues of air pollution and more specifically how it impacts the health of children. Read more about Doctors Against Diesel‘s campaign here.
Tues 10 Oct 2017 We met with two post-graduate students Max Grell, Michael Kasimatis and Dr Firat Güder from the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London to discuss an App they are working on called Blakbear (www.BlakBear.com), which measures pollutants in air using a phone sticker. This nifty device will have the ability to track data and create a personalised graph to indicate how much pollution you have been exposed during a specific journey or time period. We discussed ways we could work together and hope to have a school event in the new year.
30 June 2017 We attended a Sustainability Summit at Kew House School, organised by InterClimate Network, a charity who work with secondary school students to inspire them to take action in Climate Change, asking ‘What can I do to make a difference?’. Schools involved were Kew House, Gumley House, Isleworth Boys and Hammersmith Academy. Guest speaker Dr Michal Nachmany (Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at LSE) was inspirational, and not just for the students. She discussed how as humans we become addicted to our lifestyles, even if we know it’s bad for us. Plastics, use of electricity, animal products (making 1/4 of emissions in the world) are difficult to step away from. The most vulnerable populations in the world are the most effected by climate change. There is a need for a) Regulation, b) Motivation, what makes people want to change and c) Alternatives.
Air Quality Brentford went along with members of BRAG (Brentford Recycling Action Group) to lead mini-workshops to discuss issues of Air Quality and Recycling, alongside others discussing Transport and Resources. It was a wonderful afternoon and the brainstorming ideas from the pupils were a joy to witness, see above. We hope to work further with these schools in the Autumn term, giving our air quality mini-talk, and look forward to helping them put their actions in to practice to help make our air cleaner.
Green Dragon Primary School received their free packs of Woodland Trust trees and hedges last week, the little saplings arriving just in time to plant during their Science Week. We went along to see how they got on. Each class was given the responsibility of planting one tree each throughout the week, labelling them with their class name and watching over them as they grow. Trees and plants take in Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and in return create Oxygen (O2) which we all need to live. They also help to absorb the toxic emissions of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) and Particulate Matter (PM10) which are made in particular by diesel vehicles driving along our busy roads, so we are encouraging the planting of trees, plants and flowers everywhere in Brentford.