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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? Do sign and share the petition here!

“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

People of colour three times more likely to live in areas with high air pollution

In England, people of colour are three times more likely to live in areas with high air pollution, according to new research by environmental organization Friends of the Earth. These areas have pollution levels that are double World Health Organization (WHO) standards for at least one of the two most deadly air pollutants, the study …

Green groups launch complaint against Government after it misses legal deadline to set binding environmental targets

Two coalitions of green groups have submitted a letter of complaint to Defra after the Government failed to meet a legal deadline on setting new environmental targets. The targets, applying to air quality, water quality, nature and waste management, should have been published by 31 October. Two coalitions, representing organisations including the Ella Roberta Foundation, …

Toxic air pollution particles found in lungs and brains of unborn babies

Toxic air pollution particles have been found in the lungs, livers and brains of unborn babies, long before they have taken their first breath, reports The Guardian. Researchers said their “groundbreaking” discovery was “very worrying”, as the gestation period of foetuses is the most vulnerable stage of human development. “Thousands of black carbon particles were …

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