Poor air quality contributes to serious health problems in our cities, including asthma, heart disease and lung disease. Sadly, children are particularly at risk because of their smaller lung capacity and proximity to vehicle exhausts.
When communities work together, even small changes in behaviour can make a significant difference to the levels of harmful pollution in the local environment.
Our air quality programmes help people to understand air quality issues better, empowering us all to adjust our own behaviour and encouraging communities to engage effectively with local planning and decision making, for cleaner, healthier urban environments.
Our Current Air Quality Projects
Our Cleaner Air 4 Schools programme is helping to educate young Londoners and their families about air pollution, nature and health, inspiring them to make positive changes. More than 30,000 children and adults in 8 London Boroughs have already been involved through the programme.
For more information download our Cleaner Air 4 Schools information sheets:
Cleaner Air 4 Communities: England aims to empower groups to take action against pollution. Six cities (Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Derby, Southampton and London) are set to establish Clean Air Zones by 2020 – we want to make sure that the voices of people living in the most polluted neighbourhoods are heard, and enable them to help define what Clean Air Zones will look like in their city.
Anyone can get involved and come up with local solutions to the complex issue of pollution. LSx will provide training for citizen science to measure one of the main pollutants Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) ,and a toolkit tailored to each city with information and resources on air pollution, local campaigns, and relevant policies.
For more information take a look at the project’s web page:
Our Cleaner Air 4 Communities programme engages with local people through neighbourhood clubs and community groups, to understand and map air quality and to develop action plans for positive change. Just some of the groups already working with us to improve air quality locally: Battersea Society, Sustainable Merton, Transition Town Tooting, Gascoigne Place Neighbourhood Association (Tower Hamlets), Hackney Residents Association, St Mathew’s Church (Brent), Hornbeam Centre (Waltham Forest).
For more information download our:
One of the easiest ways to make your voice heard and engage in local decision making is to use the tools already available. Consultations are a great way to make your voice heard and can be completed by both communities and individuals.
Based on a number of events that we have held with communities over the past year, we have written a response to the Ultra Low Emission Zone. You can find our response below.
If you’d like to know more about how London Sustainability Exchange can work with your organisation, school, sports club or community group to help educate, inform and inspire people in your neighbourhood to action for improved air quality:
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Defra has launched for consultation its draft long-term Clean Air Strategy – outlining steps it plans to take to address emissions from a range of sources.
This includes proposals to tackle air pollution from domestic solid fuels like wood and coal-burning, emissions from agriculture, further action on polluting non-road mobile machinery and air pollution from aviation and shipping.
The consultation will inform the final Clean Air Strategy and detailed National Air Pollution Control Programme, to be published by March 2019.
- Get your free Air quality toolkit for primary schools here – funded by the FIA Foundation
- Pollution alert Q&A
- Citizen Science Resource
- Action Planning Resource
- We are so pleased that so many people are standing up against air pollution and going out to do citizen science experiments in their areas, so now we are considering how to join the dots. If you are measuring in schools we have prepared this guide for where to take measurements so it can contribute to our overall data set.
- We’ve also prepared this quick and easy guide to actions everyone can take to contribute to reducing the challenge. See the guide here.
- If you want to know more about Cleaner Air 4 Schools click here to see our presentation.