How bad is the air we breathe in Camden?

 

Now, for the first time, we know.

We’ve measured it - in the most detailed analysis of local air pollution across Highgate, Kentish Town and Gospel Oak.

The results are horrifying. Every day, people throughout these areas breathe illegal levels of deadly Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) – which helps kill more Londoners each year than smoking.

Come to the public meeting

Tuesday 26 April, 6.30pm, St Stephens Rosslyn Hill, NW3 2PP

We're teaming up with Castle Debates for this event in Hampstead. Come and hear the facts from experts and discuss what could, what should, and what must be done to make London’s air safe to breathe.

The meeting should be lively and aims to both inform and inspire action. Speaking:

  • Prof. Frank Kelly’s Environmental Research Group at Kings College has led research into the health impacts of London’s air pollution
  • Simon Birkett is the founder of the Clean Air London campaign
  • Alan Andrews is a member of Client Earth, the legal charity that took the British government to court 
  • Nicky Gavron is a member of the London Assembly and a campaigner for protecting schoolchildren from air pollution 
  • Siân Berry is Green Party councillor for Highgate, candidate for Mayor of London, and led the first air pollution study in Dartmouth Park

The meeting is hosted by Castle Debates and will be chaired by environmental lawyer Pamela Castle OBE.

Neighbourhood forums and groups will be displaying the results of their own air pollution studies. There will also be stalls run by campaigns and organisations working for clean air.

After the presentations there will be an opportunity to engage with the main speakers in a ‘café’ format, and to find out how you can help the campaigns and organisations to get London’s air safe to breathe.

 Find your results on our map

(The darker the colour, the higher the NO2 levels. Only yellow icons show NO2 levels under legal limits. Click the white box in the top left hand corner of the map for more details)

CLICK HERE to downland your own copy of the map (2.9mb)

It's time to take action

Concerned? Then why not take action!

Come to our public meeting Tue 5 April, 7pm at Kentish Town Community Centre, 17 Busby Place, NW5 2SP.

Pledge £20 to help us measure more locations and campaign more widely. DONATE NOW 

Spread the word We plan to inform 10,000 households across Camden of the dangers of air pollutuon. If you can help with distributing leaflets, running stalls or helping with events email camden@greenparty.org.uk.

You haven't measured NO2 where I live. What can I do?

We started out in Gospel Oak, Highgate and Kentish Town, where a group of volunteers was keen to investigate local air pollution. 

Since, we've supported a team in Hampstead, whose study is complete and the results now included on our map. Monitoring has just begun in Somers Town, and more studies are starting all the time across Camden.  

If you'd like to undertake air pollution monitoring where you live, please email camden@greenparty.org.uk.

Next meeting

Tuesday 18 April

Exploring 'divestment' campaigning - encouraging public bodies to stop investing in fossil fuel companies.  

7pm to 9pm, Crossroads Women's Centre, 25 Wolsey Mews, NW5 2DX