Back in 2017, concerns over air quality issues in Bishopston led to the formation of the campaign group, Clean Air Bishopston (CAB), in partnership with Sustainable Bishopston, Bristol Walking Alliance and others including local councillors.
CAB’s work is primarily health-focused, and its vision is a Bishopston with clean air supporting the health and quality of life of future generations and, hopefully, of the present one.The group emphasises not only the need to campaign to persuade politicians to take on the air quality challenge but also the need for individual behaviour change and radical changes to our transport systems. “Cars don’t pollute, the people driving them do!” has been a point of emphasis, for example.
In June last year, the CAB team laid on an event it termed a “community call-out” on national Clean Air Day – see the Summer 2018 Newsletter. Following this, a small – but very committed – group has been meeting every month to discuss and plan the CAB campaign strategy. We have limited resources so we are aiming to use good quality information and focussed campaigns to nudge people to make personal changes which will improve the air quality in Bishopston.
Because we are a small group we aim to leverage our campaign by –
1. Making best possible use of social media (and therefore having accurate and up to date contact lists)
2. Having a website that contains up to date and authoritative information and supports the social networking
3. Collaborating with groups and individuals that are sympathetic to our aim.
The group is planning to organise a small number of events during 2019, the aim being to showcase air quality issues in the hope of rallying wider support from people in the local community. In particular, the group will be running an event on national Clean Air Day, which falls on Thursday 20 June 2019. Details of this event will be posted on our website as soon as they have been finalised.
If you haven’t already discovered the Clean Air Bishopston section on the TBS website, please click on the CAB tab at the far right of the tabs on the top of the home page. This will take you to cab with the latest interesting articles we have added on air pollution which deal with both local and national issues.