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Hubbub Pollution Pavillion
Hubbub Pollution Pavillion

Hubbub Pollution Pavillion

Date: 14TH - 26TH JANUARY

A stunning, interactive ‘Pollution Pavilion’ has landed in Covent Garden’s iconic Piazza to spark a national conversation about air pollution. It’s the work of environmental charity Hubbub, who are urging people to help make this pressing issue a political priority wherever they live.

The unique installation, designed in collaboration with artists Climate and Cities and King’s College London, displays huge balloons that change colour reflecting annual Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) data drawn from 5 London Air Quality Network stations across London to help visitors visualise air pollution levels. Nitrogen Dioxide comes mainly from road transport and has been linked to asthma prevalence, adverse birth outcomes, cancer and reduced life expectancy.

At Covent Garden, we are really proud of our pedestrianised Piazza and green spaces meaning you're going to find some of the best air quality in central London right here in the heart of the West End. Come down and discover the ‘Pollution Pavilion’ on the East Piazza.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The unique installation, designed in collaboration with artists Climate and Cities and King’s College London, displays huge balloons that change colour reflecting annual Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) data drawn from 5 London Air Quality Network stations. NO2 comes mainly from road transport and has been linked to asthma prevalence, adverse birth outcomes, cancer and reduced life expectancy.

WHY?

Air pollution in London is at crisis levels, with mounting evidence on the impact on public health. It’s been classified as the largest environmental risk to public health in the UK, and has been described by the World Health Organization (WHO) as “a public health emergency”. The total burden of outdoor air pollution has been estimated to be equal to 40,000 early deaths each year. Research has shown that 7.9 million Londoners – nearly 95 per cent of the capital’s population – live in areas of London that exceed the WHO’s pollution guidelines by 50 per cent or more. Long term solutions are needed to cut emissions at source but in the short term more is needed to boost awareness, engagement and action.

 

Opening Times:

9.30AM - 8PM

EAST PIAZZA

COVENT GARDEN

WC2E 8RF

 

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