‘Air pollution is on Ella’s death certificate, they cannot ignore me’

Rosamund Kissi-Debrah, mother of a nine-year-old girl who died from a severe form of asthma spoke to ELN during a fringe event at COP26 in Glasgow

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Air pollution campaigners said that their voices are still not heard by world leaders who have been attending COP26 in Glasgow.

Rosamund Adoo Kissi-Debrah told ELN: “I do not think we are part of the conversation. We are most impacted, but I do not really think you know, it is me, but because of what I have done.

“Because air pollution is on Ella’s death certificate. So part of it, they cannot ignore me, I had to fight to get into the blue zone, the green zone and Ella’s paintings are actually here.

“We are not part of the main thing.”

Rosamund Adoo Kissi-Debrah became a World Health Organization advocate for health and air quality after her nine-year-old daughter, Ella, died in 2013 from a rare and severe form of asthma.

Rosamund spent several years campaigning for a second coroner’s inquest into Ella’s death to determine whether it was linked to air pollution.

In a landmark decision in December 2020, the coroner ruled that it was.

Asked whether she thinks that air pollution is put on the political agenda and the government is taking the necessary steps to fight against it she said: “Fossil fuel makes money. Let’s be honest. And also air pollution is not closing down the economy like Covid, but don’t forget seven million people still die every year.

“It is not just one year. I think they are talking to us in a way but they are still talking to the fossil fuel companies. They take our message over them They have blood on their hands. It is basically what this is all about.”

Read Ella Roberta’s story.

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