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Clean air for Oxfordshire

Oxford Friends of the Earth is a thriving and effective local group that has been active for over 40 years. Our purpose is to work together to promote a healthy and sustainable environment

Oxfordshire has some of the worst pollution problems in South East England, due almost entirely to heavy traffic. Poor air quality is a problem not just in Oxford but also in most other towns across the county.  You can see the problem areas on this national Friends of the Earth map

Oxford Friends of the Earth has worked on this issue for three years. Our campaign kicked off with a 1400 signature petition to Oxfordshire County Council calling for immediate action to bring pollution down to safe levels by 2020.

We have a Air Quality working group and welcome new people to work with our campaign. If you’d like to know more email: cleanair@oxfoe.co.uk

Update: Nov. 2019 – We are looking for a volunteer air pollution campaigner to work with our Oxfordshire Schools Clean Air Campaign (OxSCAN). Details below. This would be ideal for someone with an active interest in air pollution and developing their campaign skills. If you are interested, please send a short letter telling us why you are interested in this work and a CV to: cleanair@oxfoe.co.uk

Oxfordshire Schools Clean Air Campaign (OxSCAN)  Role specification:

Oxford Friends of the Earth is looking for a volunteer air pollution campaigner to work with schools. This would suit someone with an active interest in air pollution and developing campaign skills, and who can commit at least 4 hours a week. The volunteer will work with active members of the group and the role will involve:

  • Engaging with schools about action on air pollution and active travel
  • Contacting school governors, local community groups and others concerned with schools to promote action on air pollution and active travel
  • Maintaining a database of active schools, associated individuals and organisations
  • Producing an information pack and matching web resources for downloading for distribution to schools
  • Carrying out a survey of action by schools in Oxfordshire
  • Assisting in the organisation of a public event
  • Monitoring national and local media of all types and sharing information with activists and supporters

This post provides a unique opportunity to get involved directly in environmental action and policy and to acquire useful skills in this field.  Travel expenses will be paid.

We will be looking for a person of any age who is:

  • A ‘self-starter’ – someone who can agree with others on the tasks to do and then work on them;
  • Committed to improving the quality of the air for school children in Oxford and across Oxfordshire
  • Competent in the use of standard IT packages and social media
  • Keen to build their skills and to help others to do the same
  • Able to do some work in the evenings and weekends

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On June 20th (Clean Air Day) we held a seminar at County Hall on work by schools on air pollution and active travel.  The presentations from this are on the Oxfordshire Schools Clean Air Network page here.

Our campaign now features:

  • Our Clean Air Charter setting out our ten priorities for action. You can download a copy here. There is a special site that explains the Charter in more detail – www.cleanairoxfordshire.org
  • Our video on air pollution in Oxford is on-line – there’s a two minute and a six minute version – watch on YouTube
  • An anti-idling campaign in six Oxford City schools run jointly with Oxford City Council
  • The development of an Oxfordshire Schools Clean Air Network to promote action with schools on clean air and active transport throughout Oxfordshire.