According to Defra modelling, the concentration of NO2 in Birmingham’s air is up to 50% higher than it should be. If we don’t take any action, we will not reach the legal limit until 2027. As a result, the whole of Birmingham has been designated an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) under the Environment Act 1995, which means that we have a duty to monitor and report on levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2), particulates (PM10 and PM2.5) and sulphur dioxide (SO2).
To help Birmingham tackle this issue, we are providing Birmingham schools with the opportunity to sign up to a free air quality monitoring programme with our Public Health department, allowing them to measure the quality of air around their school. Early expressions of interest for this programme can be sent to email@example.com.
There is also the chance to receive a FREE Fitbit to track your activity levels by registering to participate in the PULSE project. Eligible schools could benefit from a free air quality monitor to help improve health and wellbeing and make their communities a better place to be. PULSE is an European funded research project that will monitor air pollution and link data from a variety of city and health systems, remote sensors and personal devices to promote health benefits.
If you would like more details on how you can help tackle the growing evidence that air pollution is a critical trigger for chronic metabolic disease like diabetes and register for PULSE, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org