40,000 People die prematurely in the UK because of emissions due to air pollution

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?

12.6 Million People die prematurely from pollution each year

Source: World Health Organisation, 2016, Geneva

An estimated 12.6 million people died as a result of living or working in an unhealthy environment in 2012 – nearly 1 in 4 of total global deaths, according to new estimates from WHO. Environmental risk factors, such as air, water and soil pollution, chemical exposures, climate change, and ultraviolet radiation, contribute to more than 100 diseases and injuries.

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, and the 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 12.6 million avoidable deaths.