Film 8

“Why Should We Care For Our Air?”
Sponsored by Care4Air.

Our atmosphere has always been polluted. Contamination of the air from natural sources like volcanoes, desert dust and forest fires has been around since the dawn of time. What concerns us today is man-made pollution and the impact it has on us and our surroundings.

Urban air pollution is certainly not a new problem. Back in the days of the Middle Ages the use of coal in cities such as London was beginning to escalate. As far back as the late 16th Century, the problems of urban air pollution and people’s health are well documented.

Our region was famous for its industrial output, which grew from the industrial revolution to its decline in the 1980s. The result of this world powerhouse of iron and steel production together with domestic coal burning meant that the region suffered from poor air quality. Today the smoking chimneys have all but gone, and the biggest source of air pollution is now road traffic!

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