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Webinar 1: Sense-making

Why air pollution is a critical issue now. Covering everything from the experience of breath and right to breathe well, and links to climate change and health inequalities, to how clinicians are already reacting to a health crisis with deep systemic roots.

Who is speaking?

In order of appearance:

Reeps One AKA Harry Yeff

Beatboxer, artist and communicator Harry Yeff (AKA Reeps One) is an ARS Electronica-nominated artist and musician based in London. Yeff produces work as a response to an ongoing investigation into the evolution of the human voice, art, and science. He has exhibited internationally, from the Museum of Art and Design in New York to the Tate Britain in London. In 2018 Yeff completed his third artist residency at Harvard University and is currently part of the Experiments in Art and Technology program at Bell Labs.

Prof Jonathan Grigg

Jonathan Grigg is professor of paediatric respiratory and environmental medicine at Queen Mary University of London, and the leading UK paediatric expert on the effects of air pollution. His research identified how inhalation of particles increases vulnerability to bacterial infection. These studies have informed the public of the risk and influenced national policy. He is the lead author of the Royal College of Physicians report, Every Breath We Take. He is also the founder of the campaign group Doctors Against Diesel.

Dr Mark Hayden

Consultant paediatric intensivist, GOSH Dr Mark Hayden is a consultant paediatric intensivist at Great Ormond Street Hospital, where he cares for seriously ill children with heart and lung conditions. Often, they are this way due to unavoidable events. Poor air quality can be prevented and to fail to do so is a choice. He strives to provide the best possible care to his patients and make Great Ormond Street the greenest hospital in the UK.

The full webinar also features :

George Ferguson

George Ferguson became Bristol’s first elected mayor in 2012. He secured the city’s status as European Green Capital 2015 for combining environmental improvements with a ‘sense of fun’. He is a qualified architect with an international profile as an advocate for liveable cities.

Dr Emma Radcliffe

Dr Emma Radcliffe is GP at Aberfeldy Practice in Tower Hamlets. In 2019 she was part of a campaign by GP practices across the borough to raise awareness of climate related health dangers, particularly air pollution. In Tower Hamlets, 40% of people are exposed to air pollution levels that breach government guidance, and the lung capacity of children is up to 10% smaller.

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