Mums For Lungs

We speak to Mums For Lungs founder Jemima Hartshorn to chat ULEZ, campaigning and the worrying and urgent need to clean up our dirty air.

Almost exactly ten years ago, nine-year-old Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah died following an asthma attack, later becoming the first person in the UK to have air pollution listed as a cause of death. Ella lived near the South Circular Road in Lewisham. 

In 2017 Jemima and a group of fellow mums, on parental leave in south London, decided to act after noticing how poor the air quality was as they walked with their babies. Research suggests kids experience 60% of their pollution exposure on their journey to, and in school. Early exposure to air pollution increases the risk of asthma and lung infections and can be fatal.

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Episode edited by Clare Mansell

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