Target: Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Goal: Commit to retaining E.U. air pollution regulations, and taking action to improve air quality.
In the first five days of this year, the city of London surpassed annual air pollution limits. The entire United Kingdom has exceeded legal limits of nitrogen dioxide — which can cause lung damage — every year since 2010. Each year, an estimated 50,000 people in the UK die from diseases caused by air pollution. Furthermore, people taking sick days due to air pollution-related conditions cost the economy over £24 billion ($30 billion US).
Despite the human and economic costs of air pollution, little has been done on a national level to combat the problem. Indeed, air quality in urban areas across the UK has worsened in recent years, due in part to emissions from wood-fired stoves and diesel engines. The UK government has failed to commit to retaining environmental protections, including air quality and pollution regulations, after the UK exits the European Union. This opens the possibility of total deregulation and the deterioration of air quality throughout the UK. Sign our petition and demand that the government commit to retaining EU air pollution regulations and develop a plan to combat air pollution throughout the UK.
Dear Prime Minister May,
As you know, within the first five days of the year, London exceeded annual air pollution limits. Furthermore, for the past seven years, the concentration of nitrogen dioxide in Britain’s air has exceeded EU limits. Air pollution in the UK kills 50,000 people each year; it costs the economy over £24 billion each year. This is clearly a financial burden. as well as a public health crisis.
Despite these facts, your government has not committed to retaining air quality regulations and omitted environmental protections in the Brexit White Paper. Furthermore, there has been little to no action on the national level to address air pollution throughout the country. I urge you to publicly commit to maintaining current air quality regulations and take further action to improve the quality of air in the United Kingdom.
[Your Name Here]
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