Molly was joined by Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas in Bristol today to unveil the Party's plan to tackle air pollution. The announcement comes as the Government is expected to release their own plans to tackle illegal air pollution in many UK cities, including Bristol. Molly describes the problem as a ‘health emergency’. She points to research showing nearly two thirds of the British population live in towns and cities where air pollution levels breach EU legal limits and that toxic air is responsible for an estimated 40,000 premature deaths every year. In Bristol alone, 300 deaths a year are linked to air pollution.
“I welcome the fact the High Court has called in the government to account for their shocking disregard of the UK’s legal and moral obligation to take action on air pollution. This is a public health issue, not a political one and it is outrageous the Tories are using the general election as an excuse to put the brakes on taking action.
"It's a scandal that Tory Minsters show such shocking disregard for the UK's legal and moral obligation to take action on air pollution. Even more outrageous that they are now seeking to use the general election as an excuse for inaction and to cover up their total failure to protect public health."