Applying for £ to make Brentford greener

IMG_7680.JPGSeptember/October 2017 This seems to be the time of year for funding applications and we have applied for CiL funding from Hounslow Council and a small forum grant to see if we can help improve the green infrastructure in Brentford. We hope that some of our applications are successful.

The projects we have in mind are:

1) Hedge or living wall at the railings in between Middlesex Court, Glenhurst Road, Brentford and the busy A4 traffic, see above. We have spoken with TfL about planting here to help mitigate the harmful effects of air pollution from the traffic, both for the residents of Middlesex Court and also the neighbouring residential roads beyond. It’s possible that TfL could help with match-funding this as this is their land. Continue reading

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Doctors Against Diesel short film

IMG_9082.jpg7 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.

Meeting at Imperial College

IMG_1994.JPGTues 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, 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.

Sustainability Summit at Kew House School

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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.

Inspiring front gardens

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June 2017 We might not all have the luxury of a front garden but adding greenery to the front of our houses and flats, even in a window box, is one way of helping to combat air pollution. Continue reading