Pollution – There’s something in the air
24/11/2014 Nitrogen dioxide concentrations in Tooting: 21st July - 1st August 2014 (conducted by community using NO2 Diffusion Tubes
Air pollution is a major problem in London, with around 4,000 people dying each year in the capital alone from long-term exposure to fine particles. Despite our understanding of the hazards associated with air pollution, local levels are poorly documented, and as is becoming increasingly the case, there seems to be a disconnect between acknowledgment of a problem and positive action to change it.
This is why it’s exciting to see Transition Town Tooting doing exactly that. It is part of a growing grassroots movement that seeks to build resilience in response to peak oil, climate change sustainability and scarce resources at a local level. On 26th November they will be holding a public meeting on air pollution in Tooting to consult on an a new Air Quality Action Plan produced by Wandsworth Borough Council.
The campaign arose from Transition Town Tooting joining forces with Battersea and Wandsworth Trades Union Council and the London Sustainability Exchange, to measure the pollution they were exposed to. The results were as bad as feared, with parts of Tooting having 2 to 3 times over the European safe level of Nitrogen Dioxide. Now equipped with this knowledge they are demanding more from the council to bring the air they breathe to safe levels.