Air pollution in African cities is a bigger problem than anticipated. Not only are coal-burning and fuel-guzzling candidates the cause, but the everyday kerosene lamps that proliferate around low cost (and no-cost) housing are a major contributor, according to this report.
Why is this a problem? The poorer people in our societies are the ones who will suffer most, of course, which is not to say we won’t all be breathing the same kak. Economically this brings a burden to healthcare and the economy, with far-reaching effects on all of us.
Developing healthy cities, with low-emissions transport and energy sources (renewable energy to the fore!) is a possibility. Imagine a city where everyone had access to clean energy and, as a part of their daily lives, access to green, open spaces for fresh air; walkable neighbourhoods; and affordable, healthy food.
That, for me, is the beginning of a healthy city for all.