On Clean Air Day 2022, we pulled out all the stops, with information stands at Newham:
...and at Royal London:
... at Whipps Cross:
... and at St Barts:
It was great to see Barts Health's first electric car for patient transport at RLH too:
Finally, we met for a webinar about the benefits of Active Travel for both physical and mental health and wellbeing (spoiler – it’s very, very good for both), some of the barriers and challenges that we may face, and ways to overcome them. Our panel of experts shared their experiences and provided guidance, including: Cycling Superhero Kamar Omar, (@auntiekay28) on twitter Hirra Khan-Adeogun, head of Car Free Cities at Possible Ruth-Anna MacQueen, consultant obstetrician and founder of the Family Cycling Group on Facebook Ruquyya Vankad, Muslim Chaplain at Whipps Cross Zoe Portlock, co-CEO of Bikeworks CIC Jonathan Kelly, general manager at Barts and active travel researcher Emma Richards, co-chair of the Barts Health Women’s Network, and Paulette Edwards participants in our Car Free June Challenge plus other guests! Watch the webinar below:
There were big crowds from every part of RLH at today's Sustainability Showcase. Well done Zahra and team for such a great event! We're already looking forward to next year's!
Lots of staff committed to reducing their carbon footprints...
... and there's more action tomorrow (16/6/22) for Clean Air Day...
Clean Air Day webinar: The Tragedy of Air Pollution, An Urgent Call to Healthcare Professionals to Act
Thursday 16th June is Clean Air Day, and at King’s College Hospital we are inviting staff, partner organisations and our local community to learn more about the public health threats presented by air pollution.
Join us for a lunchtime webinar on the 16 June, from 12pm-1pm, where we will be joined by Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah, pictured below.
Rosamund is a W.H.O. BreatheLife ambassador and founder of the Ella Roberta Family Foundation. She became a clean air advocate after her 9-year-old daughter, Ella, died in 2013 from asthma. Rosamund spent several years campaigning for a second coroner's inquest into Ella's death to determine whether it was linked to air pollution, and in a landmark decision in December 2020, the coroner ruled it was. Ella became the first person in the world to have air pollution listed as a cause of death on her death certificate.
Rosamund is also an Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association and was named among You Magazine's 21 Most Extraordinary Women of 2021, British Vogue's 25 Extraordinary Women of 2021, The Times' Green Power List 2021 and BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour's Power List 2020.
The webinar will cover:
o 12.00 Welcome to Clean Air Day at King’s College Hospital
o 12.05 Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah
o 12.40 Partner action on Air Pollution
o 12.50 Q&A
o 13.00 End
Did you catch Green at Barts Health members at RLH and St Barts Hospital this NHS Sustainability Day (6/6/22)?
Tase, Neil, Zahra and Nadia manned a stall at RLH:
Volt e-bikes were on hand offering test drives of their vehicles too:
...while at St Barts, Henna and co. stalled-out in the hospital square:
Next stop: the Sustainability Showcase at the RLH Dental Hospital on 15/6/22, and Clean Air Day on 16/6/22!
8/6/22 is NHS Sustainabilty Day 2022! Check out the WeShare page for full details of the events happening across sites and online!
Here's what's happening at St Barts Hospital:
... there's plenty more happening throughout June:
... and it's not too late to join the Car Swap June challenge. Search for "Green at Barts" on Strava to join our group:
Did you know, the amount of toothpaste tubes that go to landfill each year are the equivalent weight of 24,000 blue whales? Or that 20 billion toothpaste tubes go to landfill each year?!?!
To help reduce this waste, there are now toothpaste recycling points, pictured, at the reception of the Barts Health Dental Hospital!
We hope you can join us there!
Here are just some of the giveaways you can pick up on the day...
After the success of our mask sales days, below, Green at Barts Health are proud to announce that our IPC approved G@BH branded reusable masks are still available to buy, with all proceeds going to Barts Charity.
"The Working Group II contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report assesses the impacts of climate change, looking at ecosystems, biodiversity, and human communities at global and regional levels. It also reviews vulnerabilities and the capacities and limits of the natural world and human societies to adapt to climate change..."
Watch the press conference, read the summary or the full report here.
In response to the Trust’s adoption of the Green Plan, St Barts have appointed their own Sustainability Lead. Henna Roberts, pictured, is a Senior Improvement Manager based at St Barts, in their WeImprove team. As well as being a G@BH member, she has been working with G@BH to bring more sustainable thinking into WeImprove, the Trust’s quality improvement (QI) methodology.
This is a brand new role and Henna is keen to understand what projects are underway and which are waiting in the wings. She wants to work with St Barts (and it’s networks) staff, the Trust’s Sustainability team, Green@BH and other teams in order to map out a clearer focus for sustainability work at St Barts in the coming years. If you have a project underway, or are keen to start one in your own team, please get in touch with Henna: firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations and good luck Henna, we look forward to working with you!
Banner image: "Warming Stripes for England from 1884-2020" from https://showyourstripes.info.