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Project of the Week #11: London Sustainability Exchange

Two weeks ago, we ran the first DITOs policy engagement Discovery Trip about Air Quality. Over the course of 2.5 days we met with a variety of organisations working on Air Quality issues in London.

We were inspired by many existing programmes that are supporting citizens and communities in their efforts to confront the challenges associated with poor air quality in their neighbourhood. We’re delighted to be giving you a glimpse into one of these organisations as our featured Project of the Week: London Sustainability Exchange (LSx).

Many thanks to Ben from LSx for telling us about their work below!

What does this project do?
LSx (www.lsx.org.uk) is a “think and do” charity which creates collaborations that address the complex barriers to a sustainable London. Our projects provide action-based community development and research to develop, and in turn share, the lessons from our work across London, and most importantly, influence London’s policies for a sustainable future.
We work with schools, local groups, opinion formers and decision makers to improve air quality in London, for healthier, happier communities, giving them the tools and knowledge, resources to take meaningful action at a local level.
Cleaner Air 4 Schools programme is helping to educate young Londoners and their families about air pollution, nature and health, inspiring them to make positive changes. More than 30,000 children and adults in 8 London Boroughs have already been involved through the programme.
Cleaner Air 4 Communities engages with local people through neighbourhood clubs and community groups, to understand and map air quality and to develop action plans for positive change.

What do I have to do?
• Contact us on how to carry out your own citizen science monitoring. We can supply you with diffusion tubes (£15 each) and provide processing and mapping) and provide planning support and advise on action plans.
• Join in one of air quality events and participate in consultation responses, keep an eye on our website for updates.
• Visit theresources section on our air quality page for information advice and advocacy tools.
• See our interactive citizen science data map made in collaboration with our communities, schools and Friends of the Earth.
• Ask about volunteering at LSx, email info@LSx.org.uk

Where can I find out more?
You can find out more and keep update on air pollution by:
• Signing up to Air Quality Bulletin (four a year)
• Joining our Clean Air 4 Communities Facebook group
• Following us on Twitter @LSx_News
• Coming along to one of our events

What’s the Citizen Science Project of the Week?
Citizen Science Project of the Week is a regular Monday feature at Doing It Together Science. What project would you like to see featured? Please let us know on the contact form, Facebook page or email us at info@togetherscience.eu. Please put "Project of the Week" in the subject line and send us a link to the project, some information about it and why you'd like it featured. If you want us to, we'll credit you and tag you on Facebook!

More details
An estimated 9,500 Londoners die prematurely each year from causes related to air pollution. Air pollution contributes to a myriad of health problems including asthma, heart disease and lung disease. Those who live in deprived communities suffer disproportionately from the poorest air quality.

Parts of London overshot the annual air pollution limit for the whole of 2017 in the first five days of the year . Although London’s policymakers, planners and health professionals understand that the poor air quality in the capital is contributing to ill health and fatalities, London is not experiencing the essential improvements in air quality fast enough.