Source: World Health Organisation, 2014, Geneva
The fragile atmosphere is being treated as a public sewer system from man made air pollution. Emissions from diesel & petrol engines along with carbon emissions from power stations to heat homes & offices in old inefficient buildings contribute the bulk of the air pollution that results in 7 million premature deaths annually worldwide.
A generation breathing in fossil fuel emissions, which kill. The World Health Organisation in 2014 estimated 7 million people a year are killed through pollution caused by emissions from cars and buildings. Imagine a generation with less nature, less animals on land and sea, less opportunities and less hope for the future.
Solutions are available right now such as sustainable buildings which produce reduced or zero emissions. Power and heat to buildings are responsible for 39% of all emissions. Producing less emission or zero emission buildings is easy and cost effective but developers choose not to focus on this as the public does not recognise it as a priority.
If it is important to the public, it will be important to developers, Local and National Government. Helping people can be more than putting money in a charity box. As local decision makers, your voice matters, don’t be silent. If you want to stop unnecessary deaths then let’s talk about how to reduce emissions. It makes no sense how we can ignore 7 million avoidable deaths.