I’m a gas engineer and I spend my days visiting customers properties to either repair or replace gas appliances around the house such as cookers, fire places or boilers. I spend my free time watching Arsenal or NCIS with the kids. I also like playing footy or any other sports in the park.
I travel around in my own van which I consider to be well maintained and I use this nearly every day for work. I spend most of my time in the van.
When I’m in the van I expected the air pollution levels to be next to nothing, as I’m in a sealed area.
Taking part in the project has made me realise how bad air pollution is. I’m now very conscious of what I do to contribute to the problem.
I now think about the impact of driving much more. When I can, I now plan routes that don’t require a car.
"When I’m in the van
I expected the air pollution levels to be next to nothing, as I’m in a sealed area."
Everyone knows about pollution however very few are acting on it. I think education is key. If everyone educates one person and they do the same, then eventually everyone will have the knowledge to make the city a better place. Hopefully the next generation will be the ones who actually save the planet, with new energy and ideas.
I heard Emily, another participant, say there should be air pollution monitors around the city. I remember seeing one in Paris last year and to be fair it did make me and others really think.
Everyone has to make a change. Some people can’t afford to make changes so that’s where the government should come in to help people. We need to make hybrid vehicles cheaper than normal vehicles.
My kids have so much knowledge on air pollution that I don’t. I thought to myself - wow the schools are really teaching a lot about this sort of thing. If they cycle to school every day they get a badge at the end of the week. The kids love it.
"If everyone educates
one person and they do
the same, then eventually
everyone will have the knowledge to make the
city a better place."