Ealing Transition hosted a lively and informative event on air quality on 3rd July entitled, ‘The Problem with our Air’, hearing from Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah, whose campaigning led to the first recording of air pollution as a cause of death at an inquest, and whose TED talk can be seen here, Dr Ian Mudway, Senior Lecturer at the School of Public Health, Imperial College London (presentation slides here 10MB) and Andrea Carnevali, local parent and clean air campaigner (slides here 4MB).
What emerged is that air pollution is dangerously high across London, it has significant effects on us all, but particularly on children’s development and very significant impacts on many aspects of our long term health, including heart disease, dementia and or course many lung conditions.
Our post talk discussion explored what we can do as a community to improve this hidden but deadly problem.
We agreed that while this issue needs to be addressed at a national and global level, supported by us all, there is also much we can do locally to make a difference.
We noted that there are existing regulations which are poorly enforced but which can make a direct impact on local pollution and raise awareness.
The full report of the event is available on Ealing Transition’s website here.