I’m a Private Banker at Investec bank in the city. I’m also a keen long distance runner having run 7 London Marathons including last month’s which I completed in 3.35 hours. I take the tube to/from work most days and try and run
in twice a week (it’s an 8.5 mile run). When going to meetings I choose walking (if less than 1.5 miles)
When I take the tube I sense that the air I am
breathing is very poor quality. I try to avoid
running near traffic as I do not like inhaling fumes
I was surprised to find out that my total exposure is almost as high as the outdoor worker, and that my highest exposure to particles is when travelling on the Northern Line.
Since this whole project I’ve become much more aware of what I’m breathing in. I will now try to run into work another time a week. I would also consider running to my nearest over ground.
"I try to avoid running near traffic as I do not like inhaling fumes from cars."
Emily’s exposure was higher than others who work in office environments. This is partly because she’s outside a lot in the day, travelling to and from meetings.
I have 3 children and we have had some interesting conversations about pollution. I don’t think air pollution is something they’re really aware of. At school they talk a lot about bullying, e- safety, mental health and climate change but not about the air that they’re breathing.
The air we share in London can often have a profound effect on our lives and it’s something that we cannot ignore.
"My highest exposure to particles is when travelling on the Northern Line."
One evening Emily lit a candle which pushed the average pollution level in her home up from 1.3 micrograms to 37 micrograms.