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People can become Air Quality Champions for their community

Residents are being called upon to help create a new webtool which will gather information to assess the local impact of poor air quality and what steps can be taken to improve it.  

Tower Hamlets Council is recruiting residents over the next month (until January 3, 2023) to help develop the webtool. The council will capture the voices of local communities to understand how air quality impacts them, while creating solutions that will benefit our borough. There will be a particular focus on areas that are disproportionately impacted by poor air quality. 

Residents can choose to also become Air Quality Champions and be a voice for their local communities. The Champions will work closely with the council to pave the way for cleaner air in their neighbourhoods by providing information, hosting education sessions, and generally raising awareness of air quality. 

Cllr Kabir Hussain, Cabinet Member for Environment and the Climate Emergency at Tower Hamlets Council, said:  

“Clean air should be a right for everyone, yet Tower Hamlets suffers from polluted air because we are an inner-city borough with major roads through it. 

“We have made addressing dirty air a key priority, but we cannot do it alone. By working with our residents and businesses we can achieve lasting change which is why I am urging people to join us in creating this new air quality web tool, or to become an Air Quality Champion, or both.”  

“Together we can create a fair approach to reducing emissions, increase awareness of poor air quality, and protecting people from exposure to air pollution.”  

Earlier this year, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, in collaboration with London Borough of Hackney, London Borough of Newham and the City of London, were awarded £313,720 by DEFRA’s Air Quality Fund to address the issue of low public awareness around air pollution and how individuals can reduce their exposure to air pollution.  

Residents who live or work in one of the following areas are encouraged to sign up: 

  • Poplar  
  • Lansbury  
  • Bow East  
  • St Dunstans  
  • Bethnal Green North 

No prior knowledge in climate or air quality is needed to take part.  

Selected residents will be invited to attend an online or in-person workshop to actively help co-design the webtool we are developing to raise awareness about air quality in their local community.  

Residents can sign up at talk.towerhamlets.gov.uk/air-quality-awareness-webtool  

The closing date to take part is 3 January 2023. 

Posted on Wednesday 7th December 2022