Air pollution is a silent killer. Without knowing it, day in, day out, we can be exposed to dangerous levels of air pollution that can affect our health.
In London every year, poor air quality contributes to 9,400 premature deaths, costing our NHS up to £3.7 billion a year.
Despite this, the Government yesterday chose to actively oppose the chance to stop these toxic levels of air pollution and bring them to safer levels.
As the Environment Bill, a key piece of environmental legislation, continued its passage through the Houses of Parliament, the Government yesterday voted against a number of key amendments relating to air pollution.
They had the opportunity to bring the UK’s air pollution targets in line with 2005 World Health Organisation guidelines. These relate to fine particulate matter, which damages health and reduces life expectancy when inhaled at dangerous levels. Compliance with these guidelines across Europe could help prevent 52,000 deaths each year.
Yet the Government voted against these limits.
It is clear that we must push the Government further to put safer limits on our air quality. That’s why I am inviting you to add your name to my petition to the Government to impose legal limits on air pollution to far safer levels.
Will you lend your support to cleaner air? Sign the petition below.
Please note that this petition and its signatories will be sent to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
PS. We are sorry if you have been directed to this petition from outside Munira’s constituency. We are only using signatures from Munira’s constituents to send to the Minister.
You are the number 437 person to sign