Pollution in Tower Hamlets

Here is the most recent map on pollution in Tower Hamlets.

It shows, for example, that the location of Raine’s Foundation school is in a better spot than other schools near Commercial Road for example.

Yet the council will determine school quality only by the amount of academic results achieved and not by the health of the pupils as part of the equation.

My personal experience is that my daughter went to a school near Commercial road for 2 years and ended up having to get a brown inhaler for asthma. Then changing school to near Victoria Park at the north of the borough, was found to be healthy.

XR school strike this Friday

Just as all pupils in London either have started their GCSE mock exams this Monday, which will go on till the end of next week or start their GCSE mocks next Monday, Extinction Rebellion is calling for a school strike this Friday.

Why do this in the middle of the important GCSE mock exam?

It really is not necesary to prevent pupils from getting good grades by spending a day out of school at this time of year.

There are other, more suitable days – for example during holidays to do this.

Measuring air quality

Just trying to compare air quality in various areas of East London because a comment to my last blog pointed out the good air quality at the northern end of Tower Hamlets.

So I used some air quality measurement websites to get exact results.

Using the London Air Quality Network, a message popped up that the London Borough of Tower Hamlets has opted not to be a member, so detailed information cannot be displayed. this service is run by Defra.

When I go to another site, addresspollution.org, all I can find is the same information for all areas of Tower Hamlets, an amber warning sign, saying that air pollution exceeds legal limits. The same message appears whether it is for E1 with the highly polluting Commercial Road or E2 near Victoria Park.

There is no distinction and that propably serves the current council strategy to deploy services by cost rather than distinct air quality.

This makes it very difficult for recent immigrants or residents of Tower Hamlets to actually know which areas are healthier than others. Just because a recent comment on my previous post pointed out that planners knew in the 19th. Century that the area around Victoria Park had health benefits.

So it is easy for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to argue that parents didn’t choose Raine’s because of the healthy location, because they make it impossible for peole to find out that the location actually is healthier.

Citizen’s Assembly on Climate Change

30.000 people around the UK will get letters inviting them to workshops on Climate Change. The initiative has been brought by a cross-party MPs to determine what members of the public can do to reduce CO2.

That will produce a final panel of 110 people to meet in Birmingham. This will restrict the people who can actually come to this as a lot of people will be working and can’t make this.

It is always difficult to assemble panels of people to physically meet at the best of times. I  have been on many groups and availability to meet was always an issue.

If the group only discusses personal CO2 use by the public is a little too restrictive as what is important is what is on offer to actually purchase and use made available by producers, business and public services too.

Zero Carbon by 2050 is a lame approach, we need action now and we need it real and not just by speaking about it.

But the principle of Citizens Assemblies I welcome very much in more subjects than the environment.

Good luck Harry and Meghan

Just watched on ITV about Harry and Meghan’s visit to Africa and I wish them the best of luck with their forthcoming legal battle against the tabloid press.

They both do such a lot of very important work in that continent of Africa, it is of inmeasurable value to society as a whole and to those people in the continet.

It is kind of their job to live their lives in the public eye and the press should show respect rather than cause as much trouble as possible to create sensational stories.

Somebody on Facebook said, that Meghan and Harry are hypocrates because they mention green living but use private planes to go around.

I would accept that argument if the Royal couple were using private planes more than other similar people. In their circles using private planes is the norm and until it becomes generally unacceptable I think we have no right to over-critisize them, because we do not critisize and name and shame other users to the same extent.

I would accept a naming and shaming statistic that includes their name but not the isolating pin-pointing.

I watched this interview with a Extinction Rebellion demonstrator and she admitted on camera that she had come to the protest in her own car and she defended this because people just use cars – not electric cars – at the moment and that demonstrating against it might change the general mood against using them.

The good Harry and Meghan do in their work, definitely outweighs the bad things and I think it is more than rude to sensationalise their normal struggles as if we do not have them.

 

The power of the city

London used to be top city in 1895 with a population of 5,974,000 but has now sunk down well below others.

Whilst Bejing was the no 1 city in 1500 with a population of 672,000 with London not even reaching the top 10, it is now the leader with most growth with London being in 4th position. See the animation to see the development from 1500 to 2018.

London rose in the latter part of 1800 till the beginning of 1900 and then fell back sharply after world war II.

By 2100 London is not even expected to be in the top 20. However, caution has to be given to that list as it doesn’t include predicted sea-level rises by that time.

Whoever is in charge of policies in Britain today is not doing this country any favour by making policies, which will not lead to a growth either in size of our city or will help develop it.

 

Sectarianism

Sectarianism never works. It is, in my definition a violent pressure group, with specific cultural traits, that pressures an established government to allow those specific traits to prevail and if resisted fights for independence.

The Irish Sectarian movement have become clever and since they lost material support from the likes of Gaddafi they hush.

With the Kurds there is a peculiar problem, they have been used to fight Daesh – with US support – but now get hammered. But if the Kurds were clever, they would offer a truce to Turkey, let Turkey take over their land, occupied in Syria and then negotiate Syria’s Assad together with the Turks. Obviously the Russians wouldn’t support the Kurds because the Russians alrady support Assad. And fighting Syria and Russia v Turkey and the Kurds would attract international support, but as it is, the world just watches as Turkey hammers the Kurds. There have been escapes of Daesh prisoners already and it seems the previous problems are going to flare up again, which is quite unfortunate.

All Secterian movements are completely unflexible to other lifestyles. Of course that can be said about many cultures but what makes a group of people sectarian is, if they do not have the country to go with the lifestyle.

I suppose it is easy to manipulate any sectarian group anywhere in the world to cause trouble for the country or government they reside within. Any foreign power can supply the Resistance with weapons and get them to harrass the hated government.

I think it needs a world solution to this problem. With the ongoing climate change agenda, countries will need to learn to work together on that basis, perhaps they learn to put carbon footprints on the forefront of their thoughts, because wars are environmentally very damaging.

Perhaps we need a new world council, which decelerates wars. You can argue that nations have a right to defend themselves. This needs extraordinary amounts of weapons all around the globe. Weapons can be a deterrent but they also get used and inevitable cause immense destruction.

Here, we are back to sectarian groups who all think they have the right to be better and bigger.

 

London disruptions funded by billionnaires and philanthropists

There we have it, riches are concentrated among a small minority of elitists and once they realise that their previous business enrichment has been causing serious damange to the planet – because its the rich who are in charge of all business around the world – they simply finance a protest movement that aims to change things.

Those include:

  • Sir Christopher Hohn
  • Aileen Getty (oil heiress)
  • Radiohead (band)
  • Crowd funding (6.000 people donated £600.000 in a week)

But why concentrate the actions on London? The sponsors assume that no civil disobidience took place! Is that living in dream land?

The working people of London are unable to earn a living normally and they have to cope with triple the stress than normal!

Those donations should be used to pay for the extra policing effort it took to control those demonstrations. We need police to fight crime. We hear of stabbing every day and there is little police available to patrol our streets.

Perhaps those who lost out financially through the actions should take some steps to recover their monies. Now they know whom to ask.

So that is irresponsible.

Just heard that in Manchester a criminal has stabbed several people in a horrible incident. That is what we need our police for, not for making sure that those weird looking Extinction Rebellion demos are policed.

 

A weird new sect!

Ext-red

This pic is from Reuters and taken from the BBC website.

Now there are some letterbox looks for you. Or is it a sect? Why dress up in these outlandish outfits? The looks of Extinction Rebellion is more suitable for a sectarian movement. Maybe its going to be a new religion. Some people go to any length to find new relationships. Perhaps its as basic as that what drives them on to do what they do.

Every new protest movement has some merit. They bring up those grudges we have within us and just cannot find an outlet for. There is definitely a reason to be very worried about our planet but to cause even more mayhem is definitely not going to provide any solutions but just more problems.

How can those protesters even afford to spend all that time blocking roads, buying those costumes? They are not your average working people who need to earn their crust. They are probably some rich kids who are bored and have nothing better to do than to dress up in fancy costumes.

I have little sympathy for them. I think it would be much more effective to erect moss walls and plant some trees. Spending less money on buying new clothes, like those costumes, actually would spare us some carbon footprint.

I really do not have to have a bad conscience about my lifestyle causing the planet harm, I live simply without causing health hazards to anyone, so I do not need to feel bad. It’s about changing lifestyles not causing more problems.

Asking councils to change heating and lighting systems to residential blocks would be more effective than blocking traffic.

 

The right to exist

I think all plant and animal life should get a right to exist to stop extinction and obliteration of natural occurances like forests.

Macaca nigra self-portrait large.jpg
By Self-portrait by the depicted Macaca nigra female. See article. – Wtop.com (archive; cropped and denoised by uploader), Public Domain, Link

The New Scientist suggest giving nature Human Rights but that is not likely to succeed. There were people who tried to give a monkey human rights to protect the monkey’s picture from being used for copyright purposes.

Giving plants, animals, minerals, etc. the right to exist would help a fixed preservation of earthly life as it is today.

What about the argument of evolution, if we would not change things, probably new life would not evolve?

Yet all evolution so far evolved with the healthy environment intact, without the healthy environment, we would not get much chance to evolve much further. I think we need to bring legislation into action that prevents further destruction of the environment. We do have the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in Britain but there is no world-wide legislation. Brazil doesn’t want to preserve the rainforest as it stifles their economy.

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