Many of us are aware that air pollution is an issue. We’re used to seeing cyclists covering their nose and mouth as they navigate busy city streets, and restrictions are beginning to crop up that either restrict access for motorists, or to notify them that they will be charged extra for driving in specific zones. read more
Lembit Öpik joins us for our very first episode of Insight and he doesn’t hold back on the current state of environmental policy in the UK. The former Lib Dem MP had choice words for London Mayor Saddiq Khan over the new Ultra Low Emissions Zone and for Westminster policymakers’ support for electric cars.
It turns out that Lembit is also a great believer that magnet technology like ours can tackle the emissions problem, but we promise: we didn’t tell him to say that! Our primary reason for speaking to Lembit was the work we’ve seen him do as Director of Communications & Public Affairs for the Motorcycle Action Group. MAG is currently taking the fight to the Mayor of London over the new ULEZ that will charge owners of pre-2007 motorbikes £12.50 per day to enter central London. This is of particular interest to Sustainable Flow because we believe that environmental policy should be more intelligent than simply charging motorists for the privilege of polluting the atmosphere.
Lembit is one of the most colourful characters in modern politics. Although he hasn’t served as an MP since 2010 he still enjoys a higher profile than many serving MPs, having appeared on the likes of I’m A Celeb and Have I Got News For You. Nowadays Lembit presents his own show on BBC Radio Kent and is Chairman of Parliament for the space nation of Asgardia (yes really). He is exactly the kind of out-there thinker that Sustainable Flow likes talking to, so it was an absolute pleasure to welcome Lembit for our first ever Insight conversation.
We would like to thank Howard Cox from FairFuelUK for arranging the interview (link below). Keep your eye out for more Insight conversations with eminent public figures in the coming months…
The latest results from The Real Urban Emissions (TRUE) Initiative send a strong reminder that even modern vehicles are polluting the air to dangerous levels. read more
Our Sustainable Pioneers series will shine a light on the good practice and innovation that is helping to preserve our planet. First up we speak to Marks & Spencer’s Director of Sustainable Business, Mike Barry. read more
With air pollution now a global pandemic, it’s time that everyone takes meaningful steps to make a difference and strive to create a cleaner, safer environment. There are numerous ways you can do your bit, so make reducing air pollution your New Year’s Resolution for 2019. read more
Can we really say that electric cars are a cost-effective & eco-friendly solution? Or are we ignoring the elephant in the room? read more
New climate change report from IPCC states that urgent change is needed to decrease the risk of rising temperatures, severe weather and poverty. read more
Plastic as we know it, has only really been around since mid-way through the 20th century but in that time it has made its way into every part of our daily lives. From clothing to cuisine, its abundance has certainly been hard to avoid. read more
Scientists have shown that the equivalent of a rubbish truck full of plastic is entering our oceans every minute! With only a third of UK households’ plastic waste actually recycled each year, it’s time to start thinking of alternatives and #PassOnPlastic. read more
Air pollution is the name given to substances carried in the air that are harmful to our planet and to our health. You can’t always see it or smell it, but air pollution is a secret killer. According to a report by the Royal College of Physicians, exposure to air pollution is said to cause around 40,000 deaths in the UK every year, and more than 9,000 early deaths in London alone.