UK Government keep oh so quiet about smog
It might well have escaped you that we have been in the middle of a serious smog episode in England and Wales. The same is unlikely to be true for people living in similarly affected areas of France or Belgium, where their governments have taken a distinctly more proactive approach to warning people of the dangerous levels of air pollution over the last couple of days.
For more detail, read this blog from Alan Andrews who having moved to Brussels from London is well qualified to comment on the difference in approach to smog alerts.
The Healthy Air Campaign has long been calling for lead government department Defra to do more to warn the public when air pollution is high. Next week we’ll be meeting with Defra minister Dan Rogerson and this will be top of our agenda. With France and Belgium putting us to shame, giving comprehensive warnings through a variety of media channels, providing free public transport and reducing speed limits, it will be interesting to see what the excuse is for not doing the same for the British people.
We’ll report back.