Air Quality

Last year almost 40,000 Britons died prematurely from pollution related causes and 9,000 of those were in London.

 

Of all sections of our society, the most vulnerable to pollution related illness are the very young and the very old.

Older residents who suffer from lung and heart conditions are particularly vulnerable while the very young are at risk from poor lung development.

Along with many London boroughs, Merton has several air quality black spots where levels of NO2 and carbon particulates regularly exceed EU guidelines and this dangerous situation will not solve itself.

So what is being done about it?

Action In Merton

 

Air Quality TestingSchools Air Quality Project

Sustainable Merton is particularly concerned by the harm poor air quality is causing our children and this is why we are working on an air quality pilot scheme with three of Merton’s schools.

The aim of the project is to teach children, parents and teachers all about the harm pollution can cause and the best ways of avoiding the worst of it. This work will then be rolled out to other schools in Merton.

“As an environmental organisation we will also be promoting a raft of measures individuals can adopt to improve the situation.” - Tom Walsh – CEO, Sustainable Merton

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Air Quality Action Plan for Merton

Merton Council have produced their draft Air Quality Action Plan for 2017 – 2022.

Along with many London boroughs, Merton has several air quality black spots where levels of NO2 and carbon particulates regularly exceed EU guidelines and this dangerous situation will not solve itself.

The plan aims to builds on existing actions and develop new actions to improve air quality

Find out more –

Merton Air Quality Action Plan

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Clean Air Merton

Clean Air Merton brings together residents and community groups across Merton, who are concerned about the toxic air that is poisoning our communities.

On 13th June 2017, Clean Air Merton hosted a lively meeting on air pollution – attended by Sustainable Merton, representatives from other local groups, residents, and councillors. The meeting offered an excellent overview of the research into air pollution, its effects on us all, and what we as a community and individuals can do about it. Guest speakers included Dr Ian Mudway – Kings College London, and Andrea Lee – Friends of the Earth.

– Read our review of the event –

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London-Wide Action

 

Draft London Environment Strategy

With London currently facing a range of environmental challenges posing a significant risk to the health and well being of Londoners, urgent action needs to be taken to safeguard those who live in and visit the city.

The Mayor of London – Sadiq Khan is taking a range of actions to improve the environment, and, on 11th August 2017, published his first draft London Environment Strategy. This is the first strategy to bring together approaches to every aspect of London’s environment.

View the strategy in full & have your say

Consultation ends on 17th November 2017

London Air Quality Action Network

In an attempt to pull these forces together, Friend’s of the Earth have been campaigning nation-wide for action groups to record air quality levels. So far, over 4000 people have participated!

On 19th September 2017, Sustainable Merton, along with other local organisations, were invited to a networking session – hosted by London Sustainability Exchange and Friends of the Earth, which offered an opportunity to come together and share knowledge about local, grassroots action to improve the quality of London’s air.

Read our review of the event

London Air Quality Action Network 2 (Steph)

Useful Links

– Find out more about the Mayor of London’s plan to improve London’s air –

 

Posted on: October 4, 2017 | Author: Sustainable Merton