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I want to make residents aware that the Glasshouse Community Centre is used regularly by Extinction Rebellion to plan and prepare for demonstrations.
Whilst I am a very keen supporter of the Green Agenda and live probably more environmentally friendly than many, and I am very keen that Earth Warming gets stopped immediately and how to prevent it and lessen it in the future, becomes a top-priortiy for all of us, I do not support the traffic stopping demonstrations of Extinction Rebellion.
Stopping traffic, causing huge tailbacks and disturbing our daily lives has a huge carbon footprint.
Stopping traffic and causing cars to stop their engines and start them up again and drive off again when starting them up causes more exhaust fumes as normal traffic does and normal traffic already causes too much damage.
Next Saturday, 22. Feb. 2020, Extinction Rebellion will stage a huge demonstration, starting at Bethnal Green Gardens and that will affect our lives tremendously.
Our poor children already have a reduced lung capacity and putting up with extra traffic interruptions will only increase the exhaust fumes they have to breathe in.
A recent survey carried out in Milton Keynes for example shows that cities with roundabouts create less emission than those without. We can follow on that stopping traffic at classic junctions cause the problem.
“The Milton Keynes roundabouts do two things – they reduce stop-start driving which reduces production of pollution, and they make space to help the pollution dilute and mix away,” said Prof Mackenzie. “The biggest effect green spaces have on air pollution in urban areas is to provide space for that pollution to disperse.”
Whilst we do already have a lot of stopping and starting through traffic lights, a demonstration, which disrupts the through traffic will increase the production of pollution. Cars and lorries will stand through from Liverpool Street and block the area.
We need to argue for better policies, which reduce car use, promote better vehicles and only support demonstrations, which do not increase our poor air quality.
There are more clever ways to demonstrate. Please contact your Councillor and/or MP and discuss the use of the Glasshouse with them.
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