Clean Air, Essential for Survival
We require clean air to breathe and survive. This was made obvious during the Great Smog of London which was responsible for the deaths of up to 12,000 people.
From Friday December 5th to Tuesday December 9th 1952 London suffered from ‘The Great Smog’ as a period of unusually cold weather, an anticyclone and an extended windless period, allowed airborne pollutants, mostly arising from the burning of coal, to build up over the city.
As well as impacting visibility the smog had a significant impact on health. It was believed that over 4,000 deaths occurred directly as a result. However, more recent research shows that between 10,000 and 12,000 Londoners lost their lives during this period. As well as those that died, more than 100,000 people were made ill by the impact on their respiratory systems.
Nelson’s Column in the Great Smog of London in 1952