The “Clean Air Bishopston” project was launched today, 17 May 2018, as the notion that air pollution represents a “public health emergency” becomes increasingly accepted and drives people into action.
Apparently, around 300 deaths per year in Bristol can now be attributed to the pollutants largely derived from road trafic. This shocking figure represents 8.5% of deaths in the city. And it compares with 12 deaths from road traffic accidents in Bristol in 2013.
Knowing this, a small group of local activists has been planning the project over a nine-month period following previous coverage of the issues by The BIshopston Society in partnership with Sustainable Bishopston.
We aim to build community awareness and demand for clean air locally by organising and advocating practical actions within the control of local citizens.
The project team lead, Nick Plant, said “We’re delighted that we can now finally reveal the fruits of our labour to the public by launching our web site, and we look forward to gathering further momentum in the coming weeks and months, to tackle collectively the public health, environmental and social impacts of air pollution and the desparate need for cleaner air".
"But as you'll see, launching this web site does NOT mean our work is complete - there's lots more to do and we're relying on recruiting more helpers to continue our campaign!", he added.
So please tour our new dedicated web site section, which will grow and develop as we recruit additional people to our team, to see what you think and how you can get involved.