How air pollution is killing Britain’s working class

This article by Eleanor Salter of Labour For A Green New Deal first appeared in Tribune and is an important contribution to the debate on class, race and urban pollution.

Earlier this month, Ella Kissi-Debrah became the first British person to have air pollution recorded as a cause of death – but she won’t be the last. In poorer urban communities, it is increasingly a matter of life and death.

Ella Kissi-Debrah grew up in Lewisham, South London and was an active and busy child who loved sport and music. Her home was close to one of the busiest highways in the capital, the South Circular Road. At the age of seven she began to develop a rare and complex form of asthma. Within three years she was hospitalised 27 times and died in 2013 after suffering a severe asthma attack.

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We (still) say: No Third Runway At Heathrow!

Red-Green Labour supports the ongoing campaign against the expansion of Heathrow Airport.

The last thing we need to see is a ‘recovery’ of flights to pre-Covid levels, let alone any future increase in carbon emissions from air travel.

First published at: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/12/16/campaigners-outraged-after-top-uk-court-overturns-ban-climate-wrecking-third-runway

“It’s time to take our demand straight to the government—it can still change its plans for Heathrow expansion,” says Friends of the Earth.

A police officer stands by as a campaigner against a third runway at Heathrow Airport holds a placard in front of paint thrown by another protester at the Supreme Court in London on December 16, 2020 after the verdict on a legal challenge to the proposed runway. (Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images)

A police officer stands by as a campaigner against a third runway at Heathrow Airport holds a placard in front of paint thrown by another protester at the Supreme Court in London on December 16, 2020 after the verdict on a legal challenge to the proposed runway. (Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images)

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