In another mass protest to raise awareness and take action the climate change, mothers and families took to the streets to voice measures against climate change. United Nations had previously set a deadline to prevent the problem of climate breakdown. In the wake of the situation, Mothers rose up to the occasion and the procession began on Sunday, May 12 at 12 noon from Hyde Park Corner to the Parliament Square. Eleven, eleven-year-olds participated in the procession which marked the eleven-year deadline issued by the United Nations.
The death of nine-year-old Ella in 2018 was attributed to an asthma attack caused by air pollution. This incident instigated the urgency of the rally. Ella’s mother Rosamund Kissi-Debrah said in a statement, “If you deal with air pollution it means you will also deal with climate change. Everyone here needs to be bothered about the impact of air pollution. My daughter died a very, very horrible death.” The report of Ella’s death suggested unlawful levels of pollution one mile from Ella’s home, near a monitoring station. These were also drawn as reasons for her fatal asthma attack.
The protest brought out demands in public and petitioned the government to take a drastic action against climate depletion. Following in the footsteps of the capital, similar marches will be held across England and abroad. Reports suggest of protests in Australia, Netherlands, Spain, Czech Republic and also in Cyprus. Apart from mothers and children, popular personalities also participated in the rally. Among them were comedian Shappi Khorsandi, TV presenter Konnie Huq, and lawyer and activist Farhana Yamin. In an address to the march, Konnie Hug said, “The reason we are here is because of the youth strikes – the young people have been putting us to shame and it’s time for us adults to take responsibility.”
With reference to the situation, Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary said in a statement that a commission was issued to the Public Health England which will review the impact of dirty air on the nation’s health. “This review will help us map out how much disease is caused by dirty air and what steps we are taking to prevent this – something which is at the heart of our work to help people live longer, healthier lives through the NHS Long Term Plan”, he said.