One of our members attended an event at City Hall on 6th November, which brought together people interested in – and working on – air quality issues, from across the borough.

After a presentation from Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, there was a panel discussion involving:

After an informative question and answer session, the meeting broke into eight groups. Two groups each looked at the following topics:

  • How can community groups help raise awareness of air pollution
  • How can we encourage people to move away from using their cars for unnecessary trips
  • How can we work together to ensure ULEZ is a success
  • Effective lobbying: How can community groups help London get the air quality policies and support required from Government

Our representative joined a group talking about the first topic - How can community groups help raise awareness of air pollution? 

The responses the groups came up with were many and varied. They included:

  • Going into schools, talking to children about air quality, walking to school or taking public transport as opposed parents driving
  • Getting children to plant hedges or trees outside the school to stop some pollution. These are known as Green Screens
  • Working with children to get their parents involved 

We plan to continue our work measuring air quality in Mitcham – so being able to share what we have learned and learn from others is very valuable.