Should we care about air pollution?

Post date 3 October 2017

At least two primary schools in our neighbourhood are within 100 metres of roads with illegal levels of air pollution. Premature death from respiratory disease is higher in Bristol than the rest of England, and particularly high in Easton and Lawrence Hill (JSNA, 2016). Earlier this year professional health bodies reported that air pollution could be causing up to 40,000 premature deaths a year in the UK. Up Our Street has gathered a whole range of experts so that you can hear what the air quality issues are, and how local residents can make a difference. Join us at Barton Hill Settlement at 6.30pm on Wednesday 11 October for a Neighbourhood Conversation on this important subject.

We will hear about the main causes of poor air quality. What should be done to tackle them, and how do we protect our neighbourhoods from the potential health risks associated with poor air? Join the conversation to find out how communities can work together to reduce the impact of this invisible problem, and how we can harness data and information to create change. There will be an overview of air quality in the Bristol context, an update on progress for a Clean Air Zone in Bristol, and inspiration from activists on how to improve air quality where you live.

The event will include talks, presentations and interactive sessions. Thanks to sponsorshop from URBAN-ID we have ten free air quality monitoring kits to give away, plus free refreshments at the event. This event is for anyone who would like to know more about air quality, whether a resident, professional or community activist.

6.30pm Welcome from Up Our Street 

6.35pm An introduction to Air Quality in Bristol: the causes, the challenges and the health impacts 
Thara Raj, Public Health Consultant
Jim Longhurst, Executive Director of the Air Quality Management Resource Centre at UWE (tbc)

6.50pm Taking local action
• Three ways to Improve Air Quality - Zoe Banks, Sustainability and Community Health Consultant 
• Clean Energy, Clean Air: How to get there from here – Bruce Yates, Residents Against Dirty Energy

7.10pm A Clean Air Zone for Bristol – Steve Crawshaw, Air Quality Officer, Bristol City Council

7.30pm Understanding local data
• Citizen Sensing – Martha King, Knowle West Media Centre
• Clair City – Jo Barnes, UWE

7.45pm Breakout space to explore ideas for local action to improve air quality
• Ideas for action to improve air quality at a community level (Up Our Street)
• How air quality data can be presented and understood (KWMC)

8.15pm Conversation Space 
Chance to mingle, chat and ask questions

This event is part of Healthy City Week 2017 (7 – 14 October) - an annual programme of activities exploring wellbeing that doesn’t cost the earth. Healthy City Week is formed by its contributors, delivered by Bristol Green Capital Partnership and supported by Bristol Health Partners. View all events at