E.ON's 16ft Lung Statue in Nottingham's Old Market Square

E.ON brought a 16ft pair of ‘LUNGS’ to the Nottingham to raise awareness about air pollution, the largest environmental risk to public health in the UK.

As a part of E.ON’s mission to spread the word about air pollution, they have installed ‘LUNGS’ in 5 major locations in the East Midlands: Derby, Loughborough, Nottingham, Lincoln and Leicester.

The statues monitor the levels of pollution in real time to emphasise the impact that pollution is having on the environment, following findings that over 60% of people in the East Midlands put air pollution to the back of their minds because they can’t see it.

With recent climate warnings, it is an appropriate time for E.ON to share and educate the people of Nottingham of the ever-increasing air pollution rates.

Research shows that asthma and air pollution are directly linked, with prenatal exposure to air pollution leading to the development of asthma in children.

Ozone pollution in particular is the main catalyst for breathing difficulties, lung and heart disease, and asthma triggers, with statistics showing that it is associated with thousands of premature deaths.

“both cardiac and RESPIRATORY problems can be caused by air pollution, especially in children”
ruth marshall, asthma health nurse

Ruth Marshall, an asthma health nurse from asthma.org said: “There is certainly a link between asthma and air pollution. Both cardiac and respiratory problems can be caused by it, especially in children whilst their lungs are still developing.”

Ben Roberts, a 21-year-old student from Sheffield who suffers from asthma said: “I came to Nottingham two years ago and since moving here my asthma has become a lot worse and I never leave the house without my inhaler.”

4 easy things you can do to reduce air pollution:

  • Remember to turn off lights and electrical appliances when not in use.
  • Always use recyclable products.
  • Run washing machines and dishwashers only when they are full.
  • Limit driving by carpooling, cycling, walking and using public transport.