How have you all been?
It’s been a while since I’ve done a post on sustainability. I’m not sure how often you follow the news but lately there’s been reports about the high levels of air pollution across Britain (most of the tabloids are referring to this as Britain’s silent killer).
For those of you who haven’t had the chance to catch up with the news, Friends of the Earth, also known as FoE (the irony), conducted a survey to find out what the general public thought and understood about air pollution. The results revealed the public perception, and lack of awareness, about air pollution with almost two thirds of the respondents claiming that they were concerned about it and yet only 1 out of 10 respondents believed that they were breathing in bad air. One Friends of the Earth air pollution campaigner, Oliver Hayes, said that “With only 1 in 10 British adults rating their air quality as poor despite swaths of the country breaking legal limits for air pollution, it seems the message about the scale and danger of air pollution isn’t getting through,”.
In London, however, there seems to be more acknowledgement of the high levels of air pollution and the dangers that come with it, like the impact on our health and the environment around us. There was also a seperate London-wide study that revealed that every London borough has recorded illegally high levels of air pollution in the last two years. Across London, the changes to reduce the problem at hand has already been implemented from electric buses to low emission zone charges.
So far, there doesn’t seem to be much reported about how areas outside of the capital are planning to tackle air pollution but right now there is a online petition to ‘Ditch Diesel’ which has been created by Friends of the Earth as part of their Clear Air campaign. To sign the petition please click here.
Don’t forget to pass the word on!