How do we get clean air for all Londoners?

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22 March 2017
That was the question posed by Caroline Russell last night at a content-packed meeting of over 80 representatives from every London borough. There were informed mini-presentations from Simon Birkett @CleanAirLondon, Prof Frank Kelly (Kings College), Alice Monroe (Doctors Against Diesel) @DieselDrs, Louise Francis @Mapping4Change, Andrea Lee @Client Earth, Prof Andrea Seller @Sellerthechemist, Lara Houston and Dr Jennifer Gabrys @citizensense.

All the participants lived outside the proposed ULEZ extension zone of the North and South Circular and were fully aware of very high measurements of NO2 and Particulate Matter polluting their air quality. ‘We want to breathe clean air too’ and this won’t happen without change. Last night we investigated ways that we can encourage more people to sign the petition to extend the ULEZ to the whole of Greater London: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/extend-the-ultra-low-emission-zone-to-the-whole-of-london Continue reading

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Green Dragon School plant their Woodland Trust free trees and hedges

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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.

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Concerned Residents Pack Out Meeting

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19 January 2017: Discussion on air pollution, traffic and health (TW8 article)

More than 150 members of the local community braved the cold weather on Tuesday evening to hear Professor Frank KellyCaroline Russell AM and Ruth Cadbury MP describe the serious impact traffic has on air quality and health.  Professor Kelly, a leading environmental health academic, was unequivocal about the relationship between diesel emissions, poor health and premature deaths, stating that ill health from air pollution is the second most common cause of early death after smoking. Continue reading

Air Quality Brentford public meeting

17 January 2017: Our public meeting at Brentford Free Church was very well attended, thank you to everyone who came along and participated in the event. If you’d like to help us make a difference please send us an email at airqualitybrentford@hotmail.com

For those that missed the meeting or anyone who would like to look at this again, here is a PDF of the introduction: 01-public-meeting_nicola-intro

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Publicity for London Mayor’s 2nd consultation on air quality

November 2016: This year the Mayor of London has been consulting the public for their views on air quality in London. The main issue is that diesel vehicles are causing toxic Nitrogen Dioxide and Particulate Matter to be emitted in to our air, causing us potential health issues. One of the potential options is to extend the ULEZ* (Ultra Low Emission Zone) to the North and South Circular Road, not including this road, leaving Brentford outside of the area and very much in a pollution hotspot with arterial roads running through residential areas. Continue reading

Local schools and The Woodland Trust

November 2016: The Woodland Trust is running a scheme to plant saplings in schools and communities and we contacted our local schools to see if this was of interest to them.

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