Back to school in a healthy environment

September is a month in which many children across the globe restart school. Is this always a healthy place for children to reside the majority of their days?
Recently, the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced that 50 schools will undergo audits to help identify measures to minimize the impact of air pollution on children.

Earlier this year a Guardian investigation revealed that hundreds of thousands of children are being exposed to illegal levels of damaging air pollution from diesel vehicles at schools and nurseries.

Sadiq Khan said that air pollution was “the biggest public health emergency of a generation. These air quality audits are a big step towards helping some of the most polluted schools in London identify effective solutions to protect pupils from toxic fumes but, of course, this is only part of the solution.”
The audits will be completed by the end of the year and recommendations may include:

  • moving school entrances away from busy roads
  • green infrastructure such as ‘barrier bushes’ along busy roads and in playgrounds to help to filter toxic fumes
  • ‘no engine idling’ schemes to reduce harmful emissions during the school run
  • minimising emissions from boilers, kitchens and other sources
  • changes to local road systems and restrictions on the most polluting vehicles round schools

However, children do not only breathe polluted air in the school vicinity. Many European cities are also introducing Low Emission Zones to ban the most polluting vehicles from our cities, or even banning cars from city centers entirely. There are many other measures that cities, countries and the European Union are taking to improve air quality in Europe.
Diesel emissions have been classified as carcinogenic by the World Health Organisation, which means that reducing diesel emissions is especially important for our health.







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