Climate Rush highlight 4,000 dead from bad air
Climate Rush have struck again in their campaign for cleaner London air. Last night two of their activists spray-painted 40 white crime-scene body outlines on the city's most congested roads.
The 40 white bodies are there to symbolise the 4,267 premature deaths caused as a result of air pollution in London every year.
One was even plonked right outside Boris Johnson's front door.
Air pollution on London's most congested roads is deadly, and regularly breaches EU legal limits on air quality and often twice exceeds the World Health Organisation's safe limit, resulting in more deaths in the city than from road accidents, obesity or passive smoking.
And yes, the lack of progress on clearing this up is down to Boris. His efforts at gluing pollution to the ground, cancelling the Western Extension Zone of the Congestion Charge and the £25 gas-guzzler, and delaying the tightening of the Low Emission Zone for lorries and vans.
The extremely respectable Campaign for Clean Air in London has condemned Boris roundly for his policies over the last four years and said this week:
Climate Rush said today:
"Boris Johnson's policies are killing Londoners. In his five years as Mayor of London, Johnson has been roundly criticised for failing to deal with our toxic air quality and the ensuing public health epidemic. Instead he eases traffic, sticks pollution to the ground and scraps the Western low emission zone.
"London needs the next mayor to tackle air pollution by reducing the number of polluting vehicles on our roads, improving cycling infrastructure and creating an affordable and accessible public transport system."
And read in the Guardian about how Boris dealt with the government on air quality :
"The London mayor, Boris Johnson, resisted attempts by the previous Labour government to make him clean up dangerous air pollution in London, according to ministerial briefing papers released under the Freedom of Information Act."
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The congestions zone was in the wrong place to being with so criticising Boris for removing it from the west end is a bit silly. Surely the idea of a congestion charge is to target those areas with a high volume of traffic, so why target Belgravia which is dead and not Whitechapel which is busy.
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