Solutions not Pollution

 

Solutions not pollution

 

Sunday 22nd of April was ‘Earth Day’, one of the world’s largest environmental movements now in its 48th year. It started back in 1970 during a time of counterculture in the US allowing protestors a way of pushing environmental concerns into mainstream media, which had remained largely oblivious to the links between pollution and public health until then.

The origins of the movement are documented through this short video series: Intro to Earth Day:

As Earth Day has evolved over the past five decades the message has become stronger across the world, with the main focus now centred on ending plastic pollution and the fight for a clean environment. The organisation sets clear actions that individuals, organisations and educators can take to reduce plastic consumption.
At Somerset House in London, artist David Pinsky has set up an installation allowing visitors to experience the difference in air quality across five different environments. This installation has run over the past 7 days, to coincide with Earth Day.

“These five geodesic domes each contain carefully created environments, simulating different atmospheric conditions globally. Visitors begin in Tautra in Norway, breathing in clean smelling air and then continuing through to the cities of London, New Delhi, Beijing and São Paulo which between them suffer from some of the lowest air quality in the world.”

Installations like Pinsky’s Pollution Pods provide a much clearer physical representation of how pollution affects air quality and public health. One strategy in combating pollution is creating as many effective ways as possible to educate people into behavioural change, which can be difficult for some when they are only offered climate change data graphs. Having the opportunity to actually experience the impact of pollution on air quality will hopefully change the mindset of some visitors who were before oblivious to the effects of pollution on the environment. This installation is great for raising awareness, but there are a few links below that you can follow if you would like to take action to reduce your own plastic and air quality pollution, as well as an outline of Earth Day’s new goals to launch in 2020 for their 50th anniversary:

 ‘2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day. In honour of this milestone, Earth Day Network is launching an ambitious set of goals to shape the future of 21st-century environmentalismLearn more here.’

‘ Sophie Power, CEO of Airlabs has written this blog suggesting ways to reduce exposure to air pollution in London. Click here to find out more’


 

DominicI joined Mattinson Partnership in 2014 after completing a BSc in Geography from Aberystwyth University. Over the last 3 and a half years with the business I have become a Team Leader whilst developing the Construction & Real Estate sector - placing professionals across Health & Safety, Building Surveying, Quantity Surveying, Project Management, Valuations, Development and Land. Outside of work I enjoy going to art galleries and film events, as well as using all of my annual leave to climb up mountains in Africa and travel around Southern India and Europe.

 dom@mattpart.com

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