It’s been six months since the launch of We Care for Our Air Redbridge, a project aimed at understanding air quality in the borough. During this time, the community has come together to make commitments to support cleaner air.
We Care for our Air Redbridge has two strands to tackle the issue of air pollution head-on. Firstly, is our citizen-led data collection effort using NO2 diffusion tubes and hand-held particulate monitors. The second part of our mission is all about raising awareness and educating the community about the risks of air pollution. We focus on what actions each person can take to avoid pollution and improve the air in Redbridge.Continue reading…
When facing place-based environmental, social and cultural issues, including the challenges of decarbonising transport, maps are an effective tool. They can help us collect information about an area, bring issues to the table, build a shared local vision, and act as a tool of communication with decision makers.Continue reading…
2018 has been a rather epic year in terms of our work on air quality. We supported the largest ever distribution of nitrogen dioxide monitors deployed by school students in Barcelona and ended the year with our first project in Sub-Saharan Africa, more precisely, Uganda.
Air pollution is now fully acknowledged to be a significant public health problem, responsible for a growing range of health effects that are well documented.
Achieving the right public attitude, awareness and behaviour by the use of optimal air pollution monitoring, forecasting and reporting will go some way towards creating a healthier environment.
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!
On 8th June 2015 Hannah posted in Featured
Accessibility. 6 syllables. Many more benefits for cities.
When many people imagine physical ‘accessibility’ in the urban context, what typically springs to mind is an assortment of glamorous and exciting objects: sloping ramps, roll-in lifts, maybe even dropped kerbs. True, these objects aren’t entirely fascinating, but they are undoubtedly crucial for inclusive, accessible cities. Thankfully this blog isn’t about dropped kerbs. Instead, it focuses on why we should all be championing accessibility. The reason? There are many unexpected environmental and economic benefits for doing so.
Yesterday morning, Mapping for Change ventured out of the office to attend one of the lively Kilburn Older Voices Exchange events; Older people and the street environment. Keen to discuss issues with accessibility, and factors which influence people’s decisions to get out and about in their local community, we met at a snowy West Hampstead station and headed towards the Kingsgate Resource Centre.