What needs to change in the fight against air pollution, which, like Covid-19 disproportionately affects communities of colour.
More than 150 people tuned in to listen as Runnymede Trust CEO Dr Halima Begum led a frank and insightful conversation to explore this critical issue.
She was joined by:
- Rosamund Kissi-Debrah, Co-Founder and Executive Director, The Ella Roberta Family Foundation
- Nadia Whittome, Labour MP for Nottingham East
- Rokhsana Fiaz, Mayor of Newham
- Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol
- Cllr Waseem Zaffar, Cabinet Member for Transport and the Environment, Birmingham City Council.
Between 28,000 to 36,000 people die a year due to air pollution in the UK. Until December, no coroner had ruled that air pollution was the legal cause of the deaths behind the statistics.
In December 2020 during a groundbreaking inquest, it was announced the failure to reduce pollution levels to legal limits was a factor in the death of Ella Kissi-Debrah, who had severe asthma and lived close to London's busy South Circular road. Since Ella's death, her mother Rosamund has become a leading figure in the campaign for clean air.
Find out more about the Ella Roberta Foundation: http://ellaroberta.org