Can voting / activism make a difference? How? DRAFT

Im personally keen on activism. But does it make a real difference to air pollution / the climate crisis? The journal Scientific American (Sci. Am.) has reviewed this (i summarised their work here). They say: governments and companies “need to do the lion’s share of the work”, but ordinary people also need to make changes …

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Is the area where I live a problem? DRAFT

If you’re in a high risk group, please sign up for an automatic text advisory service for spikes of bad air pollution. But different areas also have different ongoing or ‘baseline’ levels of air pollution. Please don’t assume you live in a ‘clean air’ area!I can see one of the top ten trees in London from …

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What about my work? DRAFT

In Camden, the single biggest source of gaseous and particulate pollution is ‘commercial buildings’. Do you know about the causes of your local air pollution?There are so many sorts of commercial buildings where you might be working – but lets pick out three: – Office / desk work– Construction– Restaurants, especially meat cooking Of course, …

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How can schools have safer air? DRAFT

Ella Kissi Debra - on the left as you face the image - and her mum Rosamund

Children and young people are particularly vulnerable to the adverse health effects of poor air quality as their bodies (including lungs and brains) are still developing and they breathe faster than adults – so take in proportionally more air. 99.8% of schools in England are in areas where outdoor PM2.5 is modelled above WHO levels. …

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Marchmont community centre: discussing air pollution

poster in street says: you wouldnt drink it - so why breath it

I talked to community members about air pollution – theory and some practical ideas about mitigation. First, lets remember the Clean Air Wins campaign up above: I started with some questions: Almost everyone didnt believe they had a pollution problem – not in their area, no, no, no!I talked about Ella Kissi-Debrah and her mum …

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LCAW / Bloomsbury festival: how bad is the air pollution?

exterior entrance to foundling court, in Brunswick Centre, with Breathe London sensor shown outlined in pink
Brunswick TRA successfully bid to get a BREATHE LONDON sensor:we've got lots of green trees and small parks nearby and wanted to know if that was enough to protect us from air pollution. Here's our sensor results from March 2022 til August 2023: These graphs show we're missing the UK objectives, WHO daily and annual ...

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Indoor air pollution

drawing of room-types with internal pollution sources

Indoor air pollution is “typically around six times worse than outdoor air pollution, even in major cities“.Most people spend most of their time indoors. And those at most risk from air pollution – children, and people with pre-existing conditions – spend even more time indoors. But there’s much less advice about indoor air pollution. Partly …

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Bloomsbury Silks

‘Silks of Bloomsbury’ have been created by residents of Bloomsbury, Holborn and King’s Cross through free workshops as part of the 2023 Bloomsbury Festival. In my workshop we all brought our individual specific ideas and photos to illustrate our local heritage.I brought along images of the gorgeous 200 year old Bloomsbury plane – outside my front …

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