London’s air is chronically polluted. It might not be obvious as the pollutants are mostly invisible : gases, like NO2, and microscopic particles of dust, metals and rubber, but the effects are real. The air in London and Ealing regularly exceeds World Health Organisation limits for pollution, and is linked to increasing cases of Asthma, Lung and Heart disease, and thousands of deaths each year. At our next event, on 3rd July, we ask what can be done, and hear from a number of campaigners working to keep our clean!
Dr Ian Mudway is a senior lecturer in the School of Public Health at Imperial College London; he has over 25 years of experience researching the impacts of air pollution on human health and the development of tests to quantify the toxicity of the chemicals that pollute the air we breathe. Dr Mudway will be explaining how London’s air is polluted and how it is toxicity affects us all.
Andrea Carnevale, is a local campaigner for air quality in schools with Chiswick Oasis. His work has transformed St Mary’s Chiswick, a primary school located next to a busy stretch of the A4, once listed by the Mayor of London’s office as one of the 50 most polluted schools in London. Andrea will explain the steps he and his team took at the school and its effect on the quality of the air now enjoyed by the students.
We will also be listening to the TED talk given by Rosamund Kissi-Deborah.
Rosamund Kissi-Deborah is a British grassroots campaigner who raises awareness of asthma and the health problems that can be caused by air pollution. Kissi-Debrah’s campaign for clean air followed the death of her 9 year old daughter, Ella Roberta, in 2013 who had experienced a series of severe asthma attacks over several years. She is the co-founder of the Ella Roberta Family Foundation.
The event will be held at 7.30pm at St Mary’ church on 3rd July 2022, beginning with presentations and question time with the speakers. We will then move into the Polygon space next door, for a cafe style conversation session, and an opportunity to share thoughts and observations.
Ealing Transition’s climate hustings were enthusiastically attended, with more than 100 people filling the rows of St Mary’s church eager to hear candidates from the Lib Dems, Labour, the Conservative, and the Green Party share inspiration and serious ideas for tackling the climate and ecological emergency in Ealing.
We are grateful to Cllr Andrew Steed (Liberal Democrats), Cllr Deidre Costigan (Labour), Cllr Julian Gallant (Conservative), and Dr Kate Crossland (Green Party) for attending the event on behalf of their parties, and spend their evening with us. We were also delighted to have as our chair, Dame Alice Hudson, Chief Executive of Twyford CofE Academy Trust.
Ealing Transition make this statement in line with good practice as indicated in Electoral Commission documents: “There are many candidates standing in this borough election. We have chosen to invite 4 from the major national political parties: Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, Labour and the Green Party. We consider that the candidates we have invited, represent views from across the political spectrum and that we have shown impartiality. We have invited as many candidates as our resources and time allow and hope for a wide ranging debate“.
A summary of the questions asked, and the main ideas explored as answers, is available here. We have kept the summary general and unattributed to avoid the appearance of any political affiliation and to focus on the solutions that are available to us to address the climate and ecological emergency. Links to the manifestos of the respective parties are included.
Ealing Transition Initiative invites you to a Climate Action themed local council Election Hustings, on Sunday 24th April at 7.30 at St Mary’s Church, South Ealing.
Our local council elections are to be held on 5th May. All council seats are up for election.
In February 2019, Ealing Council unanimously passed a declaration of a Climate and Ecological Emergency, with all party support. Subsequently, and with community support and input, the current administration has created a Climate and Ecological Action Plan which has been passed by the full Council.
This is an opportunity for you as local electors to ask representatives of the four main parties contesting this election about their plans and commitments for effective local climate action and enable you to inform your choice for the vote for 5th May.
The Hustings will follow the BBC Question Time structure, with you submitting your question in advance and if selected, being prepared to ask it in person. Each party representative will then have an opportunity to respond.
We are delighted to have a respected independent chair for the evening, Dame Alice Hudson, Chief Executive of Twyford CofE Academy Trust which is responsible for four secondary schools in Ealing.