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Breathe Clean

breatheCleanThe Breathe Clean campaign was launched in 2018 to tackle air pollution across Tower Hamlets and raise awareness about what can be done locally to improve air quality and reduce risk to residents’ health.

The council is working with the NHS, TfL and environmental charities to help stop idling outside schools, introduce new green spaces in areas of high pollution, improve take-up of sustainable transport and help reduce pollution levels, which are currently the fifth worst in London.

The work is based on Tower Hamlets Air Quality Action Plan

Research shows that most of the pollution comes from vehicles. It has a greater impact on children, the elderly and those with underlying heath concerns.

An idling engine can also produce up to twice as many exhaust emissions as an engine in motion. This is contributing to climate change and the level of pollution across the borough.

Read the Breathe Clean report.

Take part in the Breathe Clean Challenge

We're asking everyone to walk or cycle to work or school this June. The Breathe Clean Challenge encourages everyone to swap polluting travel choices with clean air choices for 26 miles worth of journeys. That’s just 0.8 miles a day or 20 minutes of walking a day.

How long does the challenge last for?

It starts in June and will be a rolling programme.

How to get started:

Whether it’s walking to work over the whole month, cycling to school or running to the shops over a week, getting involved couldn’t be easier. Follow these three simple steps to sign up and Breathe Clean.

  1. Set a target – The Breathe Clean Challenge is about swapping polluting travel choices with clean air ones. So however you choose to travel, make a plan, stick to it and Sign up

  2. Join the Breathe Clean Challenge club on Strava and it will automatically upload your activities  

  3. Get moving – Remember, every clean air journey you take helps to improve the air quality for you and your family.

Monitoring air pollution

Residents can see the results from air pollution monitoring and a map of pollution in their area.

Mayor’s Air Quality Funding

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, announced £200,000 of funding for residents and community groups to help deliver projects that tackle air pollution. Find out more about the Mayor's funding story

Get air pollution alerts

AirTEXT is a free air pollution alert service for residents who suffer from asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, heart disease or angina.

When air pollution levels are predicted to reach moderate or higher levels you will receive an SMS message, a voice mail or an email to warn you that pollution may be elevated the following day

Register online or call 020 8760 5483.

Join the Zero Emissions Network (ZEN)

The scheme, funded by the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund and Tower Hamlets Council, helps businesses save money, reduce emissions and improve air quality.

Signing up to the network is free, without obligation and you can register online.

To find out more about the Zero Emissions Network or to apply for our trials and services, please contact zen@towerhamlets.gov.uk 

To keep updated on all the latest news and events from ZEN, follow us on @ZENCityfringe or visit the ZEN website