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Two large green free standing installations which remove pollutants from the air have arrived in Glasgow. The CityTree is a highly visual structure which, at 4 meters tall, nearly 3 meters wide and 2 meters deep, is said to have the environmental benefit of up to 275 urban trees.

Created by Berlin-based Green City Solutions, the CityTree is made up of moss cultures which have a much larger leaf surface area than any other plant and can capture more pollutants. Photos below show the CityTree along with information about air quality and how the CityTree works that is included on the installations.

Glasgow is the first UK city to have CityTrees installed in key city centre locations – Killermont Street (adjacent to Buchanan Bus Station) and the other on Royal Exchange Square, outside the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA).

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air-pollution-hearts_15311New transport statistics from Transport Scotland show road blocks to clean air and healthy places. The new statistics show that the bus sector is in crisis, and the car continues to be king on our roads.

Key points from the report are (all stats are for 2015):

  • kilometres driven in cars has increased by 3.2% over the last five years
  • the number of bus journeys has dropped by 5% in the last 5 years, declining almost 2% over the last year.
  • 66% of journeys to work were made by car, despite 30% of households not having access to a car.
  • 1.4% of cars are pure electric vehicles, with a further 3.4% hybrid electric.
  • both cycling and train travel showed strong increases over the last five years.  31%  of journeys to work were made by active travel or public transport, the same as in 2004. Just 2.2% of journeys to work were made by bike.
  • 12.3% journeys were delayed by congestion

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GetGlasgowMovingThe first Get Glasgow Moving campaign meeting was held on Thursday 15 September,  and there was a great turnout; people were queuing out the door!

If you missed the meeting, the audio is now available to listen again.

The organisers would like to invite all those who want to get actively involved in the campaign for a world-class, fully-integrated, public transport network for Glasgow to attend their follow-up meeting on Thursday 13th October, 6-8pm at Unite the Union, John Smith House, 145/165 West Regent Street
Glasgow, G2 4RZ

The focus of the next meeting will not be on identifying the problems we experience when using transport in Glasgow, but rather on how we will successfully campaign to eliminate these problems. To assign roles to activists, produce a timeline of actions to carry out in the run-up to the council elections in May 2017, and to produce a manifesto outlining demands that council candidates can sign up to.

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Hillhead_AirPollution_DemoThe ‘Campaigning for Clean Air Neighbourhoods’ training day will take place on Saturday 8 October. The event is being organised by Friends of the Earth Scotland, Friends of the Earth Glasgow, and We Walk, We Cycle, We Vote.

The ‘Campaigning for Clean Air Neighbourhoods’ training day is designed to support you to campaign for cleaner air, better walking and cycling facilities, and a healthier environment in your neighbourhood.

Air pollution continues to plague our towns and cities in Scotland, but next year’s local elections provide an opportunity to focus our councillors’ hearts and minds on delivering clean air. A newly published study reveals that toxic nanoparticles from air pollution have been found in human brains in “abundant” quantities.

The event will take place at the Glasgow Quaker Meeting House 38 Elmbank Crescent, Glasgow G2 4PS from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 8 October. The event is free to attend and lunch will be provided but you need to reserve a place via http://foes.do/clean-air-neighbourhoods

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air-pollution-hearts_15311In a recent landmark ruling, the European Court of Justice has confirmed that we have a right to breathe clean air and that the UK is breaching this right.

Last year, environmental law campaigners ClientEarth sued the UK Government for failing to meet clean air limits for a 2010 European deadline. EU law requires member states which failed to meet air quality limits by the 2010 deadline to draw up plans to achieve the limits in the “shortest time possible.” But under the plans submitted to Europe, compliance is not expected until 2020 and 2025 in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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