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Gianfranco Rosolia
Gianfranco Rosolia
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Imagine living without clean air. For the people who lived on the doorstep of Monkton Coke Works, their daily reality was a horrendous nightmare of hazardous and acrid sulfur dioxide emissions, all-pervading soot, and clamorous tannoys. Over decades, the facility grew unflaggingly, converting ever-increasing quantities of coal into coke without concern for the residents’ well-being. In forming the Hebburn Residents’ Action Group, Jennie Shearan united and empowered the underrepresented residents of Monkton Lane Estate, and gave them a voice, igniting a national dialogue about the health risks from the pollution that her neighborhood had to endure. CLEAN AIR is an exhilarating memento of the lengths that Jennie Shearan went to in order to secure environmental equity for her community. It is a David and Goliath account of a fearless working class woman who put it all on the line and left no stone unturned in her uncompromising fight for the right to clean air.

All proceeds go to charity. Jennie Shearan and the Hebburn Residents’ Action Group deeply loved their community. They put their heart and spirit into improving the lives of ordinary people. Their redoubtable efforts left a deeply positive and long-lasting legacy, giving thousands of people hope for a stronger and healthier future and transforming their quality of life. To continue their good work, all proceeds from CLEAN AIR will go directly to three charities that represent what Jennie was fighting for:

Friends of the Earth:
The Environmental Law Foundation:
Hebburn Helps:

Author Bio:

Gianfranco Rosolia is a Literature graduate from the University of Cambridge and has an MBA from Bayes Business School. CLEAN AIR is his first book. Born and raised in the North East of England, he currently lives in Los Angeles with his partner Michelle. 

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Author: Gianfranco Rosolia

Narrator: Gianfranco Rosolia

Publishers: Gianfranco Rosolia

Copyright: 2022 Gianfranco Rosolia

Running Time: 6:25:12

ISBN:  9781739102432

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  • 5
    Inspirational and thought-provoking

    Posted by Teresa on Oct 8th 2022

    Jennie Shearan was a true champion for both her own, and the wider communities around Hebburn and the North East of England. She demonstrated a strong passion for improving lives. Along with her supporters, she campaigned relentlessly in the name of health and social justice, faced with a Coke Works which polluted our town and contributed to innumerable illnesses and life limiting conditions. Aided so passionately by a wide array of dedicated legal professionals and countless individuals and groups, she was a modern day hero who, I am certain, would have been widely recognized internationally had the world benefited from the internet and social media during the 1980s.

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