This air pollution awareness campaign focuses on an area that’s close to home for us at Vindico. Here’s why…
Air quality. It sounds like a topic that’s reserved for the smoggy cities of Central America, congested Asian capitals and the bushfire zones of Australia. But it impacts on us all here in Wales every single day.
It sounds far-fetched, but the stats are real.
Clean Air Day (link) aims to raise our awareness of the harmful effects of pollution – and how air quality impacts on our everyday lives.
As the developers behind Think Air , it’s a subject that’s close to home for us.
You may be surprised to know that air pollution causes up to 36,000 deaths in the UK each year. It’s also responsible for as many as 24,000 premature deaths each year.
In fact, both the World Health Organisation and the UK Government recognise that air pollution is the largest environmental health risk we face today. Poor air quality causes heart and lung diseases, it’s linked to low birth weight and children’s lung development , and may even contribute to mental health issues and wellbeing.
Our Think Air project is something we’re really proud of, and we love any opportunity to shout about it.
Here’s how our MD, Jo Polson, sums it up:
“This project has been a source of inspiration for us.
“The more we learned about the effects of poor air quality, the more we knew we wanted to use our skills to promote understanding and drive change.
“We were tasked with making the latest air quality technology accessible, affordable and easy to understand, so we’ve spent two years developing the unique sensors and software platform behind Think Air.
“We’re now on track to having the largest live air quality network in Wales by the end of 2020 – so raising awareness of this topic is a breath of fresh air for us.”
Want to hear more about our innovative air quality sensors – and how they’re leading the way in Wales? Listen to our MD Jo Polson and Professor Paul Lewis reveal how air quality impacts on human performance on this week’s episode of the 1202 – The Human Factors Podcast.
Side note: There’s a great reason why the podcast is called 1202 – and it’s well worth Googling!