Millions of British Children Exposed to Harmful Pollution

Millions of British Children Exposed to Harmful Pollution

Children in vehicles running on gas and diesel are 2.5 times more exposed to pollution than children walking to school near quiet, traffic-free roads.

Clean Air Day is a chance to find out more about air pollution and to help make our environment cleaner for everyone, so there's no reason why kids can't get involved too. Our report called on Government to promote cross-departmental working, force vehicle manufacturers to contribute to a Clean Air Fund, and commit real financial support to local authorities breaching NO2 limits.

Professor Stephen Holgate, Co-Chair of the Indoor Air Quality Working Group and special adviser to the RCP on air quality, said: "The adverse health consequences on children of outdoor air pollution are now well established and are influencing policies to reduce exposure. Adopting the World Health Organisation's air quality guidelines into national legislation is a crucial first step in achieving this".

All participants had put on masks, not only to prevent themselves from the poor air quality, but also to create awareness among the people, lead campaigner for Climate Agenda Ekta Shekhar told PTI over the phone.

For one day only, anyone catching a tram before 7am or after 7pm can travel without buying a ticket.

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An enhanced Clean Air Fund open to all towns and cities in England funded by UK Government and motor-vehicle manufacturers, sufficient to support the delivery of Clean Air Zones and provide investment for cleaner buses, taxis and walking, cycling and public transport.

The council are urging people to look into other modes of transport when they need to travel. "This campaign is created to help the public find out more about the issues surrounding air pollution and how everyone can make a difference".

Waltham Forest council in the north east of London is also working with schools to promote Clean Air Day, having recruited more than 30 schoolchildren to become Air Quality Ambassadors ahead of the event.

"They knew absolutely the things that they wanted to see, from more electric vehicle charging points in Waltham Forest, tougher penalties to those idling outside the school gate, more enforcement of the most polluting industries and vehicles in our borough, to adults taking less auto journeys and walking around the borough more, especially for the daily school runs".

Meanwhile environmental lawyers at ClientEarth - which has won three court cases against the government over its failure to deal with illegal levels of air pollution - said the Government has missed the point of the report and made soft commitments.

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