Greens present Clean Air Bill (Ella's Law) to parliament and urge people in BaNES to support it

21 June 2022

Ella Roberta Adoo Kissi-Debrah died on 15 February 2013 at the age of nine as a result of asthma contributed to by exposure to excessive air pollution in London. She was a bright, talented girl who loved sports, music and reading.
 
Ella was the first person in England to have air pollution named as a cause of death by a coroner, but every year tens of thousands of people around the UK are killed by air pollution. In his report, the coroner urged the government to take action to bring air quality up to minimum World Health Organization (WHO) standards.
 
It’s time to clean up the air in our towns and cities.
 
The Clean Air (Human Rights) Bill, also known as Ella’s Law, was introduced to Parliament by Green Baroness Jenny Jones in May and would force government to act to bring air quality in every community up to minimum World Health Organization (WHO) standards. This would mean people no longer have to breathe air that seriously damages their health.
 
The law would establish the right to breathe clean air as a basic human right.
 
Green Party councillor in Bath Joanna Wright said “Since 2010 the UK Government has failed to legislate for clean air.  We know that in Bath and North East Somerset air pollution levels are high. This is an ongoing concern for many residents and a reason why Bath was the first city outside of London to put in place a Clean Air Charging Zone. The urgent need to make the air we breathe safe is still an ongoing fight, as levels of nitrogen dioxide pollution continue to be well above the limits set by the World Heath Organisation.
 
Ella’s Law is already attracting cross-party support but we can all help the bill become law. Write to your MP and demand that they support the Clean Air (Human Rights) Bill and encourage others to do the same.”
 
You can find out who your MP is and write to them for free at writetothem.com
 
You can find out if the air at your address is dirtier than the WHO limit here: www.addresspollution.org






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