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Toxic air needs urgent action

29 November, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

Rosamund Kissi-Debrahm with her daughter Ella

A BEREAVED mother who is battling the courts so that air pollution will be recognised as a factor in her daughter’s death said that lives could be saved if Boris Johnson spoke about climate change as much as he did about Brexit.

Rosamund Kissi-Debrah spoke at a climate change debate in Islington this week revealing the anger she feels at the lack of action coming from the government on pollution after her eldest daughter Ella died aged nine of an asthma attack linked to unlawful levels of air pollution.

In the six years since her daughter died, Ms Kissi-Debrah has campaigned to get the courts to put “air pollution” on Ella’s death certificate.

She told the Tribune: “The urgency we see with Brexit is what we need with air pollution and climate issues. ‘Let’s get it done’, we could save lives if that urgency is applied to air pollution.

“I have no idea if it will happen, but I cannot give up hope. I will keep fighting for my daughter who was taken from me.”

The attorney general ordered a fresh inquest into Ella’s case earlier this year following a petition that reached more than 100,000 signatures and a legal campaign backed by donations. If it is recognised that toxic air was a factor in Ella’s death it would set a legal precedent and force gov­er­nments to take faster action to bring down levels of pollution.

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