Episode 4: Air Pollution - The Invisible Killer

June 15, 2021 Save Rimrose Valley Season 1 Episode 4
Episode 4: Air Pollution - The Invisible Killer
Show Notes

It is estimated that air pollution kills up to 40,000 people each year in the UK alone. But what does this shocking statistic have to do with Highways England’s proposed road through Rimrose Valley?

In this episode we pick our way through the complicated issue of air quality in South Sefton. We hear from people already suffering the damaging effects of vehicle emissions from Highways England’s existing A5036 and from a local primary school which sits on the path of the proposed route. We speak to experts who explain what this pollution is and the harm it does to our bodies. We learn how environmental groups are questioning the value Highways England places on the public’s health in pursuit of its road building programme and ask what role the Port of Liverpool’s own shipping activity plays in air quality in our borough.

We also cover the tragic story of 9-year-old Ella Kissi-Debrah, who lost her life in 2013 due to the pollution she inhaled on her busy road.

This is a tough but important listen and we thank everyone who contributed.

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British Heart Foundation - Information on air pollution