What is Breathe Clean?
Tower Hamlets council, in partnership with Mapping for Change, is providing residents and businesses in Tower Hamlets with diffusion tubes to measure nitrogen dioxide in the places that matter to them.
We have now come to an end of the six month monitoring period of our Love Lambeth Air project.
Mapping for Change, for Lambeth Council, has been providing diffusion tubes to Lambeth residents and businesses to measure nitrogen dioxide outside their home or office over the course of six months from October 2016.
Overall we had 30 participants monitoring 34 sites across the borough of Lambeth from Waterloo to West Norwood. The wide spread of monitoring was only made possible with thanks to the volunteer surveyors who every month changed the diffusion tube outside their home or office and returned the old tube for it to be processed in the lab for analysis. The results from the six months of monitoring will be made available on the Community Air Quality Map.
On 14th April 2016 Louise posted in News
It’s 10 am on Wednesday, 2nd of March, and a cold wind is bringing dark clouds. The menace of bad weather does not discourage Tina. She comes out with a ladder, a bag full of diffusion tubes to measure nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in the air, a notebook and a map of the neighbourhood. Some other neighbours join her in the street for a picture.
Smile! Let’s start the work!
Whilst showing a resident how to use a particulate air quality monitor, he told me that he would “never walk in Beech Street Tunnel again”. This statement was based on his involvement in Science in the City, a citizen science project that we are currently running to support communities to measure and map air quality. Based on the data gathered by the local community, between October 2013 and February 2014, this particular resident decided that there are cleaner, ‘healthier‘ and less polluted routes he could take to and from his home. When we at Mapping for Change are asked what impact our work has, or how involving non-professional scientists in community based scientific research makes a difference – I guess here’s the answer! This chap might even live an extra few years – who knows!!
On 22nd October 2013 Louise posted in Featured
The AirProbe International Challenge (APIC) is an international competition between citizens of four European cities: LONDON, ANTWERP, KASSEL and TURIN, who will compete to build the most complete map of air pollution for their city. People from each city can become Air Ambassadors, to measure the levels of air pollution with a custom built sensor box, or Air Guardians, to provide air pollution level estimations in various locations in the city.
The competition starts TODAY! Help London win the challenge by playing the online game http://www.everyaware.eu/APIC/
Concerned communities, and organisations that work with them, including councils, academics, and public health bodies are invited to a conference being run by Mapping for Change on the 17th April at UCL.
Mapping4Change @ #LCCS2
2nd London Citizen Cyberscience Summit
On 17th June 2011 Louise posted in Featured
Air pollution is one of the longstanding environmental issues that is important at global, regional and local level. It is equally something that concerns ordinary people, especially when they live in an area they consider to be polluted.