Impact Brixton – housed in the former Photofusion HQ on Electric Lane – will next week host the screening of a short film, Fuming, which looks at air pollution from the perspective of under-represented local communities.
As well as the screening on Thursday 22 July, community researchers will talk about how they created the film and their research into air pollution.
Local artists will perform and drinks and snacks will be available.
Thursday 22 July, 6–8pm
Impact Brixton, 17a Electric Lane, SW9 8LA
ACCESSIBILITY: The lift for Impact Brixton is currently out of use
TSIP is working with Impact on Urban Health, an independent health foundation committed to tackling complex health challenges across Lambeth and Southwark.
A report, A Breath of Clean Air, captures findings from their partnership.
Impact on Urban Health is running a ten-year programme to explore how poor air quality affects people’s health.
The charity is particularly interested in people whose health is most impacted by air pollution: children under 15 (including during pregnancy), older people and people with heart and lung conditions.
It recognised that it needed deeper insights into the relationship between under-represented communities and air pollution, so commissioned TSIP to research it.
TSIP established an air pollution forum – recruiting 14 community members from diverse backgrounds to meet fortnightly and discuss issues surrounding the air pollution.
It also interviewed organisations, individuals and other stakeholders working on the air pollution agenda and created a ‘Have your say’ survey that was completed by 81 community members (68% of them from Lambeth and Southwark).
Key insights are:
- People are not aware that air pollution is a universal issue nor of how it affects them personally
- As people initially become aware of air pollution, they cannot prioritise the issue
- As people become more aware of air pollution, they are keen to engage in the agenda, but the relevant information is hard to find
- More research is needed to understand the barriers to engagement for different communities
- There is a strong desire to raise awareness for all in the short-term … but people in the community are less confident on actions to tackle air pollution in the long-term
- Collaboration between individuals, communities or organisations is key to tackling the problem of air pollution.