Hey, has the video started?
Can I just go and check quickly? Thank you! What she went through is
just absolutely unbelievable. Of course I knew this was
not going to go on forever. I probably resuscitated her between 20 and 30 times. That should show you the extent of it. Before she got ill she was into
swimming which she started probably about six months old.
She was doing gymnastics. She was a bubbly, happy child
and she was just passionate about everything she was into and
that actually never changed. Inside the house was ok,
it is when you came out. She was incredibly healthy you see
until she was seven. Yes, you know they are breathing
it in but you really do not know what damage it is doing.
You don’t know until it happens. She wasn’t born with asthma. Oh bubba. Oh Ells… As a mum you just realise
that I’m powerless. I feel angry that people knew and the
question I’d like someone to answer is: At what stage did they
know diesel was dangerous? Nobody has ever answered that.
What year, what government? When did they find out? Because they certainly didn’t go out
and tell the general public. The UK needs to start complying with the law. We need to prioritise health
over other considerations including resources, including
convenience and habit. And I hope that Ella’s case
will help to do that. Because it does kill children.
It kills people. Why should we move? We love our house,
we love our community. Isn’t it better that we clean
up the air for everybody rather than having to move? “Ok, we’ll move.”
But the problem’s still here. Ok, so we attach this to the lamp
post just above head height. And we’ll just leave that there
for two to four weeks and then we’ll send it off to a
laboratory and see what comes back. There’s two local primary schools on the estate,
one here where my kids go and one down there. Both of those came up with levels that would
indicate high levels of air pollution. It’s shocking.
It’s shocking. I walk my kids along here every day to school
and I’m just conscious all the time that they’re kind of breathing this in.
Something needs to be done about it. Why should our children continue to suffer?
What is it going to take? I don’t know what it’s going to take. What is more precious than the life of a child? So in case you wonder why I get out of bed,
that’s exactly why I get out of bed.