In the UK, air pollution is the largest environmental risk to public health. The annual mortality of human-made air pollution in the UK is roughly equivalent to between 28,000 and 36,000 deaths every year.
Asthma is the most common long-term medical condition in children in the UK, with around one in 11 children and young people living with asthma. The UK has one of the highest prevalence, emergency admission and death rates for childhood asthma in Europe. Outcomes are worse for children and young people living in the most deprived areas
I went for a walk in the countryside yesterday and found myself coughing as I realised I was breathing in the acrid exhaust fumes emanating from #PolyntGroup factory in the valley below me.
This is an Italian organisation, polluting the air in Staffordshire and probably sending the profits back to Europe.
They boast on their website about their sustainability credentials, but somehow me thinks, they’re not really a robust effort to sustain the environment or the stakeholders who live near their factories.
But hey!! Capitalism is the best way to run society…. Really??
When you dig into how this is possible, you find out that the local counsellors are often friends of these organisations. Politicians are in the service of the wealthy.
The environmental department at the local council is overrun with cases, one can’t help think purposely under resourced, so they are ineffectual.
These firms employ clever lawyers who delay and obfuscate any kind of challenges brought about by councils or people.
The people who work there are dependent on the organisation for wages to feed and home their families, so understandably and invariably’ anti-anything which threatens their lifestyles.
Moreover, if wealthy, powerful people will abuse the ecology and environment of their own country, you can understand how they will definitely exploit countries such as Africa as Oladele Dosunmu 🇳🇬 is highlighting on his LinkedIn page.
It’s going to take some brave leadership to transform this world.
It’s necessary to highlight this behaviour, but don’t expect that the oil-tech capitalists will voluntarily transform their practice. They will have to be motivated and probably against their will.
As Buckminster Fuller advised: ‘Don’t fight the existing reality, create a better world which makes the old one obsolete’