Air pollution campaign group Stop Killing Londoners has written to both the government and London Mayor Sadiq Khan, urging them to listen or their peaceful civil disobedience will continue.
Open Letter to Sadiq Khan and the UK government:
Stop Killing Londoners: Cut Air Pollution is continuing our campaign of peaceful civil disobedience, blocking the most polluted streets in the capital until you agree to a meeting to seriously consider the following demands.
The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) should be extended from the congestion charge zone to the north and south circular roads.
ULEZ should be introduced by the end of 2018.
ULEZ should introduce a robust particulate matter standard for diesel vehicles.
A zero carbon and ultra low pollution vehicle fleet for London. This means an electric vehicle fleet for the capital. The London Mayor and the UK Government to design a comprehensive diesel and petrol to electric scrappage scheme. Subsidies to be provided to individuals where appropriate to hasten the transition. A London plan for a supportive infrastructure for an electric fleet to be conceived and implemented.
An expanded integrated 100% renewable, ultra low pollution public transport system for London.
A pay per mile pollution scheme for residual fossil fuel vehicles.
A hypothecated producer tax for car companies still producing fossil fuel vehicles – the money to be spent within the NHS treating the victims of vehicular petrol and diesel air pollution.
We are also firmly against the expansion of Heathrow and Gatwick airport.
These policy changes have to be seen in the context of not only the avoidable deaths of thousands of Londoners each year from pollution but also the looming prospect of climate breakdown, due to lack of emergency action on reducing carbon emissions. Failure to act is leading to the complete summer melting of the arctic ice within the next decade – an event which the science predicts will rapidly accelerate the increase in sea level rise and extreme weather events. We therefore face an international emergency to prevent the flooding of coastal cities, including London in the coming decades and the catastrophic destruction of our food supplies. Air Pollution is just part of this wider emergency. We therefore ask that you respond to this fundamental crisis and show some leadership and urgency on removing fossil fuel use in our city. To this end, we will escalate our civil disobedience campaign until you agree to meet with us to discuss these vital issues.