chapter  10
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LIE OF THE LAND

Starting in the late 1960s with his work at Shelter, New Zealander Des Wilson made a fine art of the high-profile, single-issue ethical campaign in Britain, deploying it first against homelessness with Shelter then with the Campaign for Lead-Free Air (CLEAR) against lead-based additives in motor fuels. The CLEAR protest hinged on leaked official reports that flagged a possible connection between lead-based pollutants in road traffic exhausts and a rising incidence of certain forms of brain damage, especially among children.