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The next Get Glasgow Moving campaign planning meeting will be held from 7.30-9.30pm on Wednesday 7 February at Unite Scotland, John Smith House, 145-165 W Regent St, Glasgow G2 4RZ.

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.

The focus of the next meeting will on the campaign and plans for 2018. More info on the Facebook event page.

Glasgow has been in the news once again, hitting the highest spots on an analysis on illegal street pollution levels. Our friends at Friends of the Earth Scotland explain how you can help take action on air pollution in Glasgow by contacting your councillors.

“You have probably seen the news that Glasgow’s Hope Street has just been named as Scotland’s most polluted street…again. Dumbarton Road and Clarence Drive in the west of Glasgow also make this list of toxic hotspots.”

Glasgow City Council is planning a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) in the city centre to tackle air pollution. But there are fears that this LEZ will only initially apply restrictions to some buses but the LEZ would be more effective at cutting pollution if it also applied to dirty vans and lorries by the end of 2018 and polluting cars and taxis by 2020.

Councillors meet in March to decide what vehicles the LEZ will apply to and when. Email members of the Council’s Environment Committee now to demand clean air for Glasgow https://act.foe.scot/glasgow-action-air-pollution

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air-pollution-hearts_15311Friends of the Earth Scotland has analysed a list of the most polluted streets in Scotland which confirms that many streets are still failing to meet safety standards – and Dumbarton Road is still one of the worst.

The environmental campaign group analysed official Scottish Government data for two harmful pollutants, nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and coarse particles (PM10) which are known to be linked with serious health problems including heart attacks, strokes, respiratory illness and early death.

Last year Glasgow City Council announced that it will be developing the first Low Emission Zone in Scotland. And campaigners urged Glasgow City Council to ensure that its planned Low Emission Zone restricts the most polluting buses, vans and lorries by the end of this year, and for cars and taxis to be restricted by 2020.

Emilia Hanna, Air Pollution Campaigner for Friends of the Earth Scotland said:

“Once again, streets in Scotland have dangerous levels of toxic air pollution which are breaking legal limits. The situation across Scotland is potentially showing some slow signs of improvements but filthy streets continue to poison our lungs nearly a decade after a legal deadline.”

 

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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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