Reduce Diesel Pollution Now

Target: Geraint Davies, Member of the British Parliament

Goal: Demand immediate compliance from Britain with European Union air pollution limits.

Britain has repeatedly disrespected air pollution standards over the years, so much so that parts of London reached the annual legal limit for volumes of nitrogen dioxide within the first five days of 2017 only. There is a growing demand for new legislation on the issue in the country, and immediate action should be taken to safeguard population’s health, which is already deteriorating. A clean air bill has just been introduced by Mr. Geraint Davies, a member of the British Parliament, and represents the first real effort to shape the government’s agenda on such a pressing problem. Therefore, it should be supported to put pressure on groups who have been blocking any government action aiming at controlling pollution.

The Royal Colleges of Physicians’ most recent report indicates that more than 40,000 people die prematurely in the U.K. from diesel pollution. Fetuses in pregnant women exposed to air pollution are more likely to have problems with their lungs, heart, and neurological formation. Children in areas with extremely poor air quality air have a 10 percent reduced lung capacity and more respiratory, nervous, immune, and cardiovascular system problems. These kids are more likely to develop physical and mental health problems later in life. Breaches in the emission of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) by the U.K. are obscene and have already led to an enormous amount of money spent in public health — somewhat around £20 billion each year.

The British government must push an encompassing strategy aiming at the diverse sources of NO2 emission if it wants to tackle the current problems in the air. Among other measures, Mr. Davies’ bill proposal requires the Secretary of State to set, measure, enforce and report on air quality targets; control vehicle emission goals in urban areas and provide powers for local authorities to establish low diesel emissions zones and pedestrian-only areas; and make provisions about the promotion of electric and hydrogen powered vehicles for the development of sustainable public, private and commercial transport by road, rail, air and sea. Car manufacturers and industries should not be trusted when it comes to controlling the quality of air. Mr. Davies’ bill is part of a collective effort to bring together critical government representatives and lawmakers, along with environmental groups that aim to save the planet. Sign the petition to support the kickoff of a serious discussion and a hands-on approach to the problem.


Dear Mr. Davies,

I express my support to your plans to introduce a bill to drastically reduce the emission of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in the United Kingdom. Air pollution has reached unacceptable levels, and the country cannot stop ignoring the profound consequences of its poor air, especially to children and young adults.

I regard your bill as the first step in a serious discussion on the problem in the country. I expect that cities in the U.K. are soon to join other cities, like Paris, Madrid, Athens, and Mexico City, that have already shown that state regulation is essential to counter the wicked interests of car manufacturers and industries and to truly protect the planet.


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