Air pollution is responsible for approximately 7 million deaths annually. Behind the numbers, we find the stories of children like Ella Kissi-Debrah, who lived 25 meters from a high-traffic road in south-east London and passed away in 2013 following three years of seizures and 27 visits to the hospital. Thanks to her mother Rosamund’s determination, Ella’s death certificate is the first one in the UK, and potentially the world, that has air pollution listed as a cause of death. This ruling is a big step in recognizing the harmful health effects of exposure to air pollution. Women and girls are powerful agents of change.
Join us at this CSW side event to recognize women and girls’ role in protecting health by promoting changes in climate change and environmental policies, including legislation.