This week has been Clean Air Week and Lambeth Council marked the week with a series of events seeking to address air pollution in the borough, including installing two ‘green screens’ at Corpus Christi RC Primary School. Councillor Martin Tiedemann and the cabinet member for environment joined pupils, parents and staff to launch the new walls.
The screens of Hedera ivy have been built alongside the playgrounds of Corpus Christi primary school on Lambert Road and Horsford Road, blocking pollutants from Brixton Hill and enabling children to breathe cleaner air while they play. The project has been a partnership between parents and pupils, and Lambeth Council.
There has already been a significant drop in air pollution on Brixton Hill thanks to the Mayor’s clean bus corridor. Research elsewhere showed a 24% drop in NO2 with a green screen, making a real difference to the pollution encountered by primary schoolchildren.
Lambeth Labour have already got to work on delivering their ambitious manifesto. As part of their commitment to tackling air pollution councillors pledged to build a green screen at every school on a main road. Children at over 30 schools will benefit from the toxin-reducing living walls.
Over the next four years we will also:
- Plant over 1,000 new trees.
- Double the number of cycle hangars
- Install over 200 electric vehicle charging points
- Lobby the Government for a new Clean Air Act
- Continue to work with community energy co-operatives like Repowering London, with existing solar panels on the Roupell Park Estate