Save kids’ lives with cleaner air
SHADOW Environment Secretary Sue Hayman speaks for every parent when she says: “One child’s death caused by air pollution is one too many.”
Yet today we feature three grieving mothers who believe they lost children in exactly this tragic way.
Asthma is an underestimated killer. The UK has the highest number of sufferers in Europe, and while the disease is mostly manageable, when it strikes with force, it’s deadly.
More research is needed to quantify the exact effects of air pollution on sufferers.
It is too easy to say that asthmatics should not live in towns and cities.
But low-income families cannot simply up sticks and move to the country.
The job of a responsible government is to clean up the air in our urban areas.
Labour says it will make this a priority.
The Clean Air Act of 1956 was introduced after the Great Smog killed at least 12,000 Londoners. What is needed now is another Clean Air Act, and not just as part of an Environment Bill.
The Sunday Mirror is not alone in asking for this. The Royal College of Nursing and the British Medical Association demand one too.
It will mean more restrictions on motorists and properly enforced air standards, which will be an inconvenience to some. But that is a small price to pay for a child’s life.