Green Warriors: Coal in the Lungs (2021)
Directed by Martin Boudot, 52 mins
UK and Ireland premiere
Every year, 500,000 Europeans die prematurely due to air pollution. One of the main causes of this pollution is coal, still used in many countries. And this air pollution has no borders. It contaminates the entire continent.
Everywhere, citizens are fighting for the right to air that is safe to breathe. Lacking tangible evidence, their calls for regulation are easily dismissed - a team of scientists and journalists sets out to search for evidence of air pollution.
In Poland, 75% of electricity is produced from coal. Rybnik, Poland, is one of the most polluted cities in Europe. Here, even pre-Covid, children wore masks to play outside and were advised to spend most of their time indoors to avoid breathing the toxic air.
A shocking study conducted for this investigation revealed that children here have 425% more black carbon in their bodies than children in Strasbourg. This made the headlines across Europe and even attracted the attention of the Polish government.
The study also showed that children in Strasbourg - a city with average levels of air pollution for a European metropolitan city - have nearly a million particles of black carbon per millilitre in their urine.
Will the powerful coal lobby resist these revelations?
The panel discussion after the screening was moderated by Professor Alan Dangour, Director of the Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Alan was discussion with The Cost of Cobalt co-directors Fiona Lloyd-Davies and Robert Flummerfelt, and Green Warriors director Martin Boudot.
Selected highlights from the panel discussion are available below.
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