The Camden Clean Air Initiative

An opportunity to reset. This is what these unprecedented times have provided us with. COVID-19 has undoubtedly brought challenge and hardship into many of our lives, but, on the other hand, we have been gifted with an opportunity to break habits and change behaviours.

During lockdown, we breathed cleaner air than we have done in decades. You could feel it. The air was cleaner, the roads were quieter, and we all fell back in love with the outdoors. Our local community became our hub; people shopped for the vulnerable, supported local businesses, exercised and picnicked in nearby parks, and checked on neighbours whom they may have never before met.We were reminded that travel was sometimes unnecessary, and we could live happily and healthily without having to get in a car and drive for miles. This reset was the reminder that if we take care of our environment, it will take care of us.

The Camden Clean Air Initiative was formed for this reason. The non-profit action group decided now was the time to work with this momentum and create impactful and long-lasting change. They wanted Camden to emerge from lockdown cleaner and greener and avoid returning to the air pollution levels that we knew before.

They work with four key groups across the borough: households, workplaces, schools, and hospitality businesses. They provide these groups with the support they need to implement real change and listen to what it is that they need to work towards a cleaner future. Camden Clean Air also work alongside larger stakeholders within the borough, such as the Camden Council, to implement structural and policy change, as well as focus on the bigger picture aims and challenges.

The organisation also works towards ‘Big Picture’ projects, with the aim of creating ‘Big Picture’ change. They are currently working with partners to increase electric vehicle charge points around public housing estates, providing equal opportunity to all social demographics to access sustainable infrastructure. They are also working with the council to increase the number of ‘Parklets’ around the borough. These are car parking spaces converted into community spaces designed for seating areas, bike racks, green space, and more. Their work is always based around community engagement and how Camden can come together to create change at every level.

Want to get involved? By signing up to the Camden Clean Air Initiative you are committing yourself or your company to change and joining the journey to cleaner air. Here are examples of how to get involved as a household or hospitality business:

 

Households

The Camden Clean Air Initiative works with residents of Camden, providing them with the tools and resources they need to implement positive change. Camden is a wonderful place to live, and they believe that the residents have a right to breathe clean, safe air. Becoming a Camden Clean Air Household means you are committing yourself and your household to change. You will be supported in your journey to lifestyle and home improvements that will actively and directly improve the air quality around you.

Included in the membership:

  • Resources, toolkits and guides to improving your air quality including a detailed 5-point plan
  • Fun and interactive games and competitions for the whole family including a walk to school planner and walk to school bingo
  • Guides to the fruit and vegetables in season and weekly shopping planners to encourage you to shop locally and condense trips
  • Guides to air purifying plants for the indoors and outdoors
  • Discounts to local shops and businesses such as bike shops and e-cargo bike services
  • Invites to Camden Clean Air events and festivals
  • Updates on what is happening around you in your local area and how you can get involved and have your voice heard
  • A Camden Clean Air sticker of certification for your window or car

 

Hospitality Businesses

We are spoilt for choice for places to eat and drink in Camden, with the borough being known for its wonderful hospitality industry. However, the combination of customer and staff travel along with the frequent deliveries of supplies means that the hospitality industry heavily relies on vehicles. The Camden Clean Air Initiative aims to reduce the vehicle emissions created by the hospitality industry.

Becoming a Camden Clean Air Hospitality Business means your business is committed to change. The organisation will support you in your journey to cleaner air that will stem from improved workplace practices and employee behaviours. Taking these steps will directly improve the air quality at work and in your community.

Included in the membership:

  • Resources, toolkits and guides to improving your air quality including a detailed 5-point plan
  • Inclusion in community wide schemes including the Delivery Partnership Scheme and the Community Coffee Project which involves consolidation of recycled paper cups and coffee grounds
  • Discounts to local shops and businesses such as bike shops and e-cargo bike services
  • Promotion of your business across their social media, newsletters and website
  • Invites to Camden Clean Air events and festivals with the opportunity to speak where relevant
  • Updates on what is happening around you in your local areas and how you can get involved and have your voice heard
  • Guides to air purifying plants for the indoors and outdoors as well as guides to fruit and vegetables in season
  • A Camden Clean Air sticker of certification for your window or car
  • You will be added to the Camden Clean Air Map

For more information on how to sign up, you can contact Programme Manager Georgina McGivern on [email protected]. Likewise, you can visit their website or follow them on social media.

Let’s get involved and clean Camden’s air!