Have you noticed, when you are near a main road, the way your chest tightens up? It’s pollution – caused by traffic fumes. And it is deadly. London Sustainability Exchange (LSE) reckons 100 people die a year in the borough because of air pollution. But at a lesser level, it is also responsible for bronchitis, asthma and heart disease.
East London has long been heavily polluted by industry but Tower Hamlets has some of the busiest roads in Britain passing close to large high-density housing estates. Nowhere in the borough is further than 500 metres from a busy road and new housing developments targeted at young families are popping up right by main roads.
This Saturday morning (January 31st) we are going to be shown how to measure air pollution in our area, and be given kits to take out to parts we reckon could be trouble spots. We are gathering in The Hut at 10am, for a short lesson, and then going out with the kit for around an hour.
Come and join us. Have a hand in protecting our families and cutting pollution.
The data that we collect will be entered on a map and given to the Council and also be part of the East Shoreditch Neighbourhood Plan.