TEN TRUE FACTS ON THE GREAT SMOG OF LONDON FEATURED IN THE CROWN SERIES

The Great Smog is an infamous event that happened back in 1952 in London. Many consider it a shameful part of history due to environmental ignorance by the government. 

Hence the popular Netflix series ‘The Crown’ is featuring it on its first season. However many facts were not introduced in this specific episode which titled ‘Act of God’. 

The Crown series reveal a historical event 

These Netflix series are revealing the attitude of the queen and the government on this deadly event. In more specific they did not take any active measures to protect the public.

Although the episode is mostly focused on the queen’s life, it is very obvious that the dense fog caused many problems.

The most important problem that the series show is transportation. Because of the fog, people had difficulty to drive. In this episode, the queen has to walk on foot to go to another building.

Yet the most important problem is the health issues that the smog caused to people. But the episode is not focusing on that until the end. In the final scenes, it reveals the hospital conditions with many people coughing and dying. 

Finally, in the credits, it gives information on the magnitude of the event that caused 12 thousand deaths.

Real facts on the Great Smog of London

In this Her Impact episode, I am revealing 10 important real facts about the Great Smog. Here you will discover the followings:

  • Why this event happened and when scientists solved its mystery 
  • What the government and people actually did 
  • What health problems the smog caused
  • What problems  this fog caused

Listen to this episode on Her Impact Podcast

‘Death in the Air’ book is a true-event crime novel

Except for The Crown, there are only a few references on the Great Smog. One of my favorites is the book of journalist Kate Winkler Dawson with the title ‘Death in the Air‘.

This book is a real-life thriller that tells the story of a serial killer, the Great Smog as an environmental disaster and the struggle of London to regain its footing.

It took 65 years for experts to find out why the Great Smog of London happened. Now they can use this knowledge for other cities that have problems with air quality. 

Hence she is explaining that in the same month of the Great Smog, there was another killer at large in London. His name was John Reginald Christie and he murdered at least seven women.

Finally, the author suggests that the lessons for the present are ‘as clear as the air in front of our eyes’.

Hence events like the Great Smog are historical examples that teach us that our own health depends on the ‘health’ of the environment. 

So keep learning. Keep growing.

Konstantia

Posted on 24/10/2018. This article contains affiliate links.

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