Green Party Women on Air Pollution

Air Pollution & Covid 19 links discussion with researchers & campaigners.

GREEN PARTY WOMEN Newsletter – 29 May 2020

There are only 4 weeks for local councils to access the £2 Billion Emergency Action Travel Funding (EATF) Indicative Allocation. This, together with the Emergency Traffic Orders, issued on 23 May, will eschew in a  ‘new era’ of walking and cycling measures to relieve pressure on public transport.

GPW are holding another online conference lead by exceptional Women. Click here to register for this Sunday’s zoom session.   We look at the impact of inner-city traffic congestion on our lives with Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah, asthma awareness campaigner, and GPW newly appointed Spokeswoman on air pollution. Cambridge University have just published a new paper providing evidence of the link between Covid-19 deaths and air pollution. We discuss the impact of the research with co-author, Rebeka Popovic and fellow MRC Toxicology Department colleague, Dr. Lisa Skelly. We discuss which sources were contributing most to levels of these air pollutants in England and the importance of strengthening efforts to tighten air pollution regulations.   Image ROSAMUND ADOO-KISSI-DEBRAH Rosamund set up the Ella Roberta Family Foundation after the death of her beloved daughter in 2013 from a rare and severe form of asthma. The aim of the Foundation is to improve the lives of children affected by asthma in South East London by raising awareness of asthma, campaigning for better treatment of asthma and campaigning for clean air as it is everyone’s fundamental right to breathe clean air.
Image REBEKA POPOVIC Rebeka is a PhD student at the MRC Toxicology Unit. Her PhD project explores molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration in a fruit fly model of Parkinson’s disease. She graduated from Kings College London with a MSc in Neuroscience and from University of Surrey with a BSc in Biochemistry. 
Image DR. LIZA SELLEY Liza joined the MRC Toxicology Unit (University of Cambridge), after completing her PhD in air pollution toxicity at Imperial College, London. Her research explores why and how air pollutants cause harm to the body, focusing on the biological changes that they create in the lungs as well as their role in promoting airway infections. Carrying out regular public engagement work, she hopes to raise awareness of these harmful pollutants.    

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