News Archives - Environment

Car makers need a reboot

Why do some technologies endure beyond their sell-by-date while others yield to progress? The internal combustion engine has done an admirable job at resisting obsolescence – even in the face of climate breakdown, an air pollution crisis and widespread cheating of emissions testing. Part of the reason is that car makers seem reluctant to start with a blank sheet of…

Our right to breathe clean air

After six years of campaigning a judge has agreed to a new inquest into the death of a healthy girl in London who died after developing a serious form of asthma. Ella Roberta Adoo-Kissi-Debrah lived with her family on died aged nine in 2013 after suffering for two years from chronic asthma. An inquest into her death found she died…

Cut price zebra crossings

Zebra crossings are expensive. With installation costs ranging from £30,000 to over six figures, local authorities struggle to find the funds necessary to install safe crossings in the areas that need them most. Part of the reason zebra crossings are so expensive is that British law states they can only be installed on road where Belisha Beacons and zig zag…

Zebra crossing success

There’s nothing quite like working together towards a common goal. Almost exactly one year ago, we helped Sustrans and Living Streets to campaign for a safe road crossing. We brought our inflatable pop-up zebra crossing to Barking to help local residents who were struggling in the face of road danger. It was telling that those who attended the protest ranged in age from 5…

School Streets to protect our children

The areas immediately surrounding schools are an interesting barometer of a country’s attitude toward its young. In Britain today, more than 950 schools are near roads with harmful levels of illegal pollution, which has a disproportionately detrimental effect on young lungs. Countless more are situated on roads that force pupils to run a gauntlet of speeding drivers and pavement parking.…