What is air pollution?
This is the presence of substances in the air, which have harmful effects on people’s health. These can include particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, ozone and occasionally carbon monoxide.
Air pollution in London
London has the worst pollution in the UK and over 9,000 Londoners are dying early every year as a result of toxic air. In particular, you are twice as likely to die from lung diseases if you live in a deprived area rather than an affluent area. Air pollution is also being linked to an increasing range of health impacts.
Road transport is one of the main contributors to poor air quality in London, so it is important that any measures to tackle pollution, include methods of reducing and calming traffic (hotspots can centre on places where vehicles stop and start – for example at traffic lights or junctions). Idling (keeping cars running when parked) can also cause localised air pollution.
ecoACTIVE air quality workshops
To highlight the issues and solutions, why not book one of ecoACTIVE’s air quality workshops? We will give advice and help raise awareness on this issue in London and will support young people to gather data and run their own campaigns.
We will support you to measure local air pollution levels using diffusion tubes (which will be attached to your school building for a period of two weeks) and then will submit data collected on air pollution to the relevant authority, as well as sharing it with pupils during the workshops.
Other activities with pupils could include carrying out traffic surveys, finding routes to travel to school that are less polluted and running a campaign to encourage families to stop using cars for school drop-offs. Schools can also investigate planting trees and shrubs around school boundaries in order to help reduce pollution levels, and we can offer some advice about how best to do this.
Book us for a session today by emailing us today.