Letter to Kent on Sunday:
Terry Hudson's claim that the huge death toll from air pollution is a
lie is frankly bizarre. He claims that the science is flawed while
stating that he isn't a scientist. It is easy to shouts "lies" at things that you don't like to
hear but the death toll from air pollution, a significant proportion of
which comes from traffic, must not be allowed to continue.
He is right to claim that the figure of 29,000 deaths each year is
wrong though. This is the number of deaths from just one of the
pollutants: particulate matter, if you add in NOx then the figure is
around 50,000. These figures are from scientists who work for the
government, a government that should have a desire to suppress the truth
of the air pollution problem rather than exaggerate it.
While scientists can make mistakes, these are usually isolated
examples rather than large bodies of evidence from multiple sources. The
evidence on air pollution and its primary sources is well understood so
let's not argue about facts, let's try to find solutions to reduce the
number of people dying because of the pollution that our vehicles pump
We must stop using the air that we breathe as an invisible sewer. It is killing us.
Stuart Jeffery, Co-Chair of Kent Greens