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10 Things You Need to Know about SMMT’s 10 “Facts” about Diesel

Posted by Mel Evans — 19 April 2017 at 10:52am - Comments
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The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is a car industry lobby group. Their members include most major car manufacturers and therefore, it is no surprise that the group has been at the forefront of bravely defending diesel recently.

7 reasons to Go Electric now

Posted by Fran G — 7 April 2017 at 11:19am - Comments
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What pops into your head if I suggested you buy an electric car? For most people, it conjures up a host of stereotypes.

Reduce your exposure to air pollution

Posted by Emily Randall — 5 April 2017 at 10:43am - Comments
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Children campaigning for clean air

Air pollution is a problem. It won’t go away until politicians and the car industry come together with a plan to make truly clean travel possible for everyone. In the meantime we can protect ourselves and the ones we love by taking steps to reduce our exposure to air pollution. 

Why it's time to clean up the car industry

Posted by Mel Evans — 21 March 2017 at 9:38am - Comments
Cars in traffic in London
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Traffic in Putney, London

When Greenpeace kicked off the campaign to phase-out diesel engines last year, my brother Sam was one of the first ones to look concerned. He’d just bought a diesel car second-hand. They’re supposed to be more fuel-efficient than petrol and therefore pump out less CO2 so it had seemed like the greener choice.

From the frontline: How Greenpeace volunteers are resisting fracking in Lancashire

Posted by Hannah Martin — 24 February 2017 at 3:43pm - Comments
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A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire

When fracking firm Cuadrilla was granted permission to frack for gas in Lancashire toward the end of last year, the company’s bosses probably hoped it would be the moment the anti-fracking movement gave up and fell silent.

A government scheme for funding renewables is about to be sold off to a firm that backs fracking. We must stop this

Posted by Richard Casson — 3 February 2017 at 4:32pm - Comments
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If you're on Greenpeace's email list, chances are you'll have just received an email about the Green Investment Bank - a government body that is currently being privatised. If the sale goes through as it stands, it could have devastating consequences on the UK renewable energy industry.

How much space would need to be covered by solar panels to power every home in the UK?

Posted by Richard Casson — 1 February 2017 at 3:04pm - Comments

Have you ever wondered - how much space would need to be covered by solar panels, if we tried to produce the amount of power used by every home in the UK? Well, here's the answer...

Tension in the Air: making Mary Poppins fly

Posted by Mel Evans — 26 January 2017 at 3:25pm - Comments
Mary Poppins in Air Pollution Protest in London
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This weekend at Somerset House in London – after a week of high alert air pollution – you can see Mary Poppins fly, just like she did on 6th January, merely a week into 2017, when the UK breached its air pollution limit for the entire year. Tension in the Air, is part of Space to Breathe - a weekend of creative action in response to our city’s air pollution crisis.  

The journey to City Hall

Posted by Neil Jones — 25 January 2017 at 1:06pm - Comments
School children handing letter to Sadiq Khan
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Yesterday I went to London’s City Hall to deliver a letter from over 100 local headteachers to the Mayor, Sadiq Khan. The letter calls for safe, clean air for children all over the city. “Clean air now! Clean air now! Clean air now!” chanted children from five primary schools. And who could argue with that?

Open letter to Sadiq Khan from London's headteachers

Posted by Neil Jones — 23 January 2017 at 11:17am - Comments
Children crossing a road near a red London bus
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Dear Sadiq Khan,

We are headteachers who represent schools from across London. Our schools are in areas where our children and young people are being forced to breathe some of the most toxic air in London, and the country as a whole.

We welcome the bold commitments you have made to clean up London’s air.

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