Millions of British children exposed to harmful pollution

23 June, 2018, 09:46 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • Children 30% more exposed to car fumes than adults because they are short

"Through practical workshops and assemblies, we are teaching children the importance of air quality so they and their families can then make choices to reduce their pollution".

The two pollutants causing most concern in Birmingham are nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and fine airborne particulate matter (PM2.5).

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) is urging commuters to switch to public transport and contribute towards curbing air pollution.

The report also said that improvements to air quality can only be sustained by co-ordinated cross-departmental action on policy development, legislation, taxation and spending.

"Events such as the Sky Ride and Tour De Yorkshire really show how much better Leeds city centre is without cars clogging it up, we'd love to see more space for cyclists and pedestrians than drivers".

As a supporter of Friends of the Earth I would like to tell Rochdale Online readers about actions they can participate in on Clean Air Day - Thursday 21 June 2018 - to clean up the illegal and harmful levels of air pollution in Greater Manchester.


A separate report by Global Action Plan, also released on Thursday, found that children are 30 percent more exposed than adults to risky pollution coming from vehicles on busy roads due to their shorter height.

Locals are encouraged to cycle or walk, when, and if, they can so they limit their pollution contribution but also protect their heart health, as air pollution levels can be significantly higher inside a auto.

The experiments, conducted across four United Kingdom cities (Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow and London), also found that primary school children are exposed to 30% more toxic pollution than adults while walking to school. They are exposed to double the pollution inside a vehicle compared to those walking on busy streets. "Since having my son Ariyan, I have been more concerned about health and wellbeing".

Alternative fuels provider Certas is calling for businesses to offer their views on alternative fuels and the role they have to play in the UK's efforts to reduce air pollution.

So how can you get your children involved in the day? Clue: good ventilation such as opening windows when cooking, and using natural cleaning products really helps.

"The potential for indoor-generated air pollution to cause major health effects in children can not now be ignored", said Professor Jonathan Grigg, a paediatric respiratory consultant and Co-Chair of the Working Group. Find out more about other indicators of air pollution here.

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