Labour – Debbonaire Campaign for Clean Air in Bristol
Thangam Debbonaire, the candidate for Bristol West, which includes the city centre, is campaigning hard to get our air clean and safe to breathe. Join her in this campaign – it shouldn’t be too much to ask that our children can breathe easy.
What’s the problem?
Levels of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) regularly break the legal limits in the city centre and many of the main road areas. Everyone agrees we need clean air but the difficulty is getting the action we need – and we are all involved.
Why does this matter?
Nitrogen Dioxide contributes to respiratory illnesses such as asthma. Children are particularly vulnerable. Keeping them in cars doesn’t stop the pollution affecting them and actually makes the fumes worse. This causes suffering, lost days in work and school, and costs to the NHS but also the council estimates that this pollution is associated with nearly 200 preventable premature deaths in our city each year.
What causes it?
There are many contributing factors but the most significant is traffic fumes, from cars, buses and other vehicles. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
How can we solve this?
First thing it’s good news – we can solve this problem. We’ve eliminated so many other polluting substances and other cities have reduced the Nitrogen Dioxide – we can too. It’s going to take effort but it’s worth it:
We are calling for:
The Mayor to put pressure on central government for more support to re-fit our polluting buses with low emission engines
Bristol Green Capital 2015 to focus their attention on cleaning up our air – a real result for Bristolians – pushing for funding for re-fitting buses, supporting the alternatives, giving people real choice.
Bus companies, car clubs, cycling organisations, urban planners and health researchers to work together to end this dangerous pollution by 2020.
Everyone who has a car to cut out one journey in ten and use an alternative – walk, bus, cycle. It will help us all to breathe easier and keep us fitter.
We, the undersigned, support Labour's campaign for clean air in Bristol. We object to the Government’s failure to protect Bristol residents from unsafe levels of pollution that are damaging children’s lungs. We call on the Mayor to make the City of Bristol a Low Emissions Zone in 2015 if Labour wins the general election and establishes a national clean air framework. We join Eastville residents in the call for a debate in full Council as soon as possible to agree city action to make our air safe to breathe.