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Ella Roberta Adoo Kissi Debrah died on 15 February 2013 at the age of nine as a result of asthma contributed to by exposure to excessive air pollution in London. She was a bright, talented girl who loved sports, music and reading.

Ella was the first person in England to have air pollution named as a cause of death by a coroner. In his report, the coroner urged the government to take action to bring air quality up to minimum World Health Organization (WHO) standards.

Every year, tens of thousands of people around the UK are killed by air pollution. It’s time to clean up the air in our towns and cities.

It’s time for Ella’s Law.

Ella’s Law is what people are calling the Clean Air (Human Rights) Bill, introduced to Parliament by Baroness Jenny Jones in May 2022. It would force the government to act to bring air quality in every community up to minimum WHO standards. This would mean people no longer have to breathe air that seriously damages their health. It would also mean a better quality of life in many other ways, too. Find out how.

Ella’s Law is already attracting cross-party support. Can you help to make it a reality?

“Ella used to worry they might forget her and move on. She would love to have known that people will remember her for something good.” 
– Rosamund Adoo Kissi Debrah, Ella’s mum

Find out more about Ella and about her mother’s fight for stronger action on air pollution here.

Updates

Clearing the Air: BBC documentary looks at the health crises caused by air pollution

Rosamund Kissi-Debrah spent seven years after her daughter Ella’s death trying to find the answers as to why her previously healthy child had suddenly become so gravely ill. An initial inquest found no connection to air pollution and at no point was air pollution mentioned as a potential factor in the time that Ella was …

British Medical Journal (BMJ): Air pollution is a public health emergency

In an editorial for the British Medical Journal, Professor Stephen Holgate, special adviser to the government on air quality, has described air pollution as “a public health emergency” and called for much swifter action to bring air pollution down to within WHO guideline levels: “PM2.5 is undoubtedly an invisible killer, but its effects are clear …

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