Almost 60 white crosses will be placed around a busy Chesterfield roundabout on Wednesday (November 13) to symbolise the lives cut short in the town each year by air pollution.
Climate protest group Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Extinction Rebellion (XR) will highlight the threat from air pollution on Derby Road at morning rush hour (7.30-9 am).
Dressed all in white, with air masks, the group will display 59 crosses around Horns Bridge roundabout. The group say this number is equivalent to the annual total of deaths from air pollution in Chesterfield.
A group spokesperson said: "XR wants to make drivers, pedestrians and parents dropping children at school aware of the dangerous health impacts of air pollution. The group plans to walk down Derby Road to Spire Junior School, in solidarity with the children there who suffer daily from the impacts of air pollution.
"Derby Road is a known pollution/congestion hotspot where many people live. There is no safe threshold for air pollution, even areas that are within legal limits still pose a health threat. People who are particularly vulnerable include children, the elderly and those with asthma or pre-existing health conditions.
"The head of the NHS has already declared an air pollution emergency in the UK. Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire XR urges councils to live up to their duty and exercise their powers to act on this threat. For example they can cut traffic, control traffic from new developments, improve public transport, invest in better walking and cycling infrastructure, encourage car sharing and close roads around schools."
Michelle Cadet-Rose, a member of XR Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire said: “We call on our councils to act now, to cut air pollution for the health of all of us but especially our children, our elderly, and the people who live next to busy roads. Show some urgency – it’s a climate AND an air pollution emergency.”