Emissions directly kill 15,600 people this is equivalent to three times the number of soldiers who died in Afghanistan.
BBC News and The New Scientist reported that 40,000 UK people die prematurely due to emissions from burning carbon fuel. Buildings contribute 39% towards total emissions produced. Hence building emissions directly kill 15,600 people or three times the number of soldiers who died in Afghanistan. These soldiers had some defense, yet victims of emissions simply have no choice. Imagine, if you will, knowing that through our inaction, we hurt those we love. Can you sleep with that thought? Can you look at your family and say you tried your best?
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.