Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Film: A Plastic Ocean

Ealing Friends of the Earth and Southall Transition Movement present the film:


Director: Craig Leeson. Starring: Craig Leeson, Tanya Streeter. 100 minutes, 2017.

Come and join us to watch and discuss an epic global adventure following a filmmaker and a world record free-diver as they travel the earth discovering the shocking impact plastic is having on our oceans and the marine animals that live there.

'A PLASTIC OCEAN' begins when journalist Craig Leeson, searching for the elusive blue whale, discovers plastic waste in what should be pristine ocean. In this adventure documentary, Craig teams up with free diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers. They travel to twenty locations around the world over the next four years to explore the fragile state of our oceans, uncovering alarming truths about plastic pollution and explore potential solutions.

TIME:​​ Thursday 6th December. Doors Open at 7:15pm. Film Starts: 7:30pm
PLACE: St John's Parish Centre, Havelock Rd, Southall, Middlesex UB2 4NT

Admission & refreshments free with donations welcome


Ealing Friends of the Earth
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Southall Transition Movement

Friday, 2 February 2018

Many thanks to all who attended our meeting on air pollution in Southall on Wednesday. We hope that you found the evening worthwhile.

It was good to see such a lot of interest in the issue of air pollution, and to hear people’s ideas on what might be done to make things better.  In due course we’ll be putting notes of the discussions on our website, www.ealingfoe.org.uk , where you can also find information about our regular group meetings and other activities, past and future.

We hope there will be further opportunities to share ideas, and if you have any more thoughts do please let us know.

Meanwhile please find below some information on how to check air pollution levels and plan the least polluted route when walking or cycling, and details of a BBC documentary “Fighting for Air” which is available on iPlayer until 9 February.

Finally, IRATE’s petition against emissions from FM Conway’s asphalt plant in Hayes, which was mentioned at the meeting, is ongoing. If you’d like to sign, the petition is here: IRATE petition Hillingdon.  IRATE's own website is here: https://iratecampaign.wordpress.com

Thanks again from all at Ealing Friends of the Earth.

Check Local Pollution Levels

See how polluted your postcode is right now with this Live Air Quality Data: https://www.londonair.org.uk/london/asp/nowcast.asp   This map shows pollution levels in detail across London. As you zoom into the map you will see which areas are currently experiencing higher pollution levels than others, usually those areas close to busy roads.

The BBC also provide a “How polluted is your street” website where you can enter a postcode: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-42566393

Plan the Least Polluted Route

You can plan the least polluted walking, cycling or public transport route, using this new public health website where people can plot low pollution routes to work. It has been created by air quality experts at King’s College London: http://www.breathelondon.org/plan-lower-pollution-travel-route

Documentary – How a Birmingham Suburb Reduced Pollution for a Day

Well worth watching is this BBC2 documentary, available on iPlayer until  Friday 9th February. Dr Xand van Tulleken helps local residents in a suburb of Birmingham  to try and bring about a quantifiable improvement in air quality for a single day, on the high street and in front of a nearby school.  "Fighting for Air"   http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09m2djj

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Southall Air Pollution Meeting

Ealing Friends of the Earth is holding a public meeting on air pollution affecting Southall at 7.15pm on Wednesday 31st January 2018 in the Dominion Centre, 112 The Green, Southall UB2 4BQ. Admission is free.

At the meeting Tom Wright from FoE will outline the problem that London has with contaminated air and suggest some of the solutions. There will be an opportunity to put forward your concerns and for discussion of what needs to be done.

Air pollution is causing an estimated 9,500 premature deaths every year in London. The British Medical Association (BMA) has called for greater action to tackle the illegal, lethal levels of air pollution in the UK, which are breaching international standards set by the EU (European Union) and the WHO (World Health Organization). Contaminated air is particularly harmful for children, as described here by the British Lung Foundation: https://www.blf.org.uk/support-for-you/signs-of-breathing-problems-in-children/air-pollution

According to an analysis for the GLA (Greater London Authority), over 400 primary schools in London have average concentrations of the pollutant NO2 that exceed the EU limit.