Manchester Friends of the Earth have launched a powerful animation to highlight the damage caused by air pollution in Greater Manchester.
* In cities, most of this pollution comes from cars.
According to Manchester Freinds of the Earth air pollution in Greater Manchester is estimated to be responsible for 2000 premature deaths a year and to cost the region £1 billion a year.
The government’s own analysis shows that Clean Air Zones – areas in which the most polluting vehicles are charged to enter – are the quickest way to clean up our toxic air. But despite this the government have not supported any new Clean Air Zones across the country.
Instead, local councils, including Greater Manchester, have merely been tasked with producing a further local plan, meaning another wait for the action needed to protect people’s health.
Catherine Thomson, Manchester Friends of the Earth campaigner, said: “We need urgent action to introduce the measures to protect people’s health in the shortest time possible. Government ministers know that Clean Air Zones are essential to give us breathable air fast. The fact that they have failed to support local councils to introduce the best measures is an absolute scandal.”
Manchester Friends of the Earth is calling on the government to urgently introduce Clean Air Zones in all the locations predicted to have illegal levels of air pollution.
The group is also calling for Theresa May to provide a safety net for drivers by introducing a comprehensive diesel scrappage scheme funded by a ‘diesel-gate levy’ on vehicle manufacturers.