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Citizen Scientists – testing air quality near the A12

Air Pollution is an invisible enemy for people, especially in some hotspots across Poplar HARCA’s estates. A concerned resident is leading the way in Poplar by installing ten test tubes to monitor air pollution close to the A12.

We are working with the London Sustainability Exchange (LSx) and civil engineering researchers from UCL to monitor local Nitrous Dioxide (No2) levels and will work with our residents on the issues.

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It is part of a wider project London Sustainability Exchange is running ‘Cleaner Air 4 Communities 2016/17’, with funding from Trust for London. The project will engage 16 community groups from West and East London, including Poplar Harca. They will be using citizen science techniques to measure local air pollution levels, before developing actions plans and bringing the results to City Hall next summer.

“Pollution levels are high in London,” said Fran, a local resident. “I am pleased to be involved in a project that monitors this problem and raises awareness in our communities and in government, finding solutions is so important for us all.”

Poplar Harca has made some progress in addressing air pollution through our electric car sharing club which has prevented emissions from well over 30,000 polluting car miles from entering the atmosphere, our cycling club and the creation of many thousands of square meters of green space on our estates. However, this only scratches the surface of this huge challenge, especially at a time when air quality in London has finally gained the political profile it warrants. If you want to get involved or have any suggestions please contact Sally Anthony or Nick Martin.

 

Contact: Sally Anthony sally.anthony@poplarharca.co.uk / 07983 576501

Nick Martin    nick.martin@poplarharca.co.uk / 020 7005 7661

 

Find out more about LSx here: http://www.lsx.org.uk/