17 June 2021

Millions of children attend schools with toxic air, campaigners warn

Millions of children attend schools with toxic air, campaigners warn image

Millions of children go to schools where air pollution is above World Health Organization (WHO) limits, new data reveals.

The data, collected by EarthSense and published by Global Action Plan, shows 27% of all UK schools are located in areas with high levels of the pollutant PM2.5. This equates to an estimate of over 3.4 million children in the UK.

The charity warned toxic air can harm children’s health, causing or triggering asthma, damaging lung development, and affecting their ability to learn.

Dr Maria Neira, director at WHO said: ‘These figures are unequivocally too high and harming children’s health. Schools should be safe places of learning, not places where students are at risk of health hazards.

’There is no safe level of air pollution, and if we care about our children and their future, air pollution limits should reflect WHO guidelines.’

Global Action Plan is calling on local authorities to communicate the health risks of air pollution and how to tackle it to schools, residents, businesses and health groups.

Larissa Lockwood, director of clean air at Global Action Plan, said: 'The fact that 27% of UK schools are above WHO air pollution limits is extremely alarming. Air pollution is not a fact of life. If we all do our bit, it can be solved with collaborative action and education.'

The data has been published to mark Clean Air Day.

Have social services been negligent? image

Have social services been negligent?

Saara Idelbi and Conor Monighan consider the liability of local authorities in negligence where it is argued that social services should have intervened more quickly to remove children from their family homes.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Social Worker - Early Interventions

Essex County Council
£32065 - £43839 per annum
Social Worker - Early Interventions Permanent, Full Time £32,065 - £43,839 per annum Location
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Social Worker - Local Linked Support Team

Essex County Council
£32065 - £43839 per annum
This is a full time fixed term contract for 12 month or a 12 month Secondment.About the RoleThis is a community-based role within the Harlow area. You England, Essex, Epping
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Property and Projects Lawyer

Brent Council
£43,860 - £49,827 p.a. inc.(pro rata)
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to supervise junior staff and deputise in the absence of the Senior Property Lawyer. Wembley, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Brent Council

Training and Quality Assurance Specialist

Essex County Council
Up to £26801 per annum
The OpportunityEssex Registration Service is one of the largest authorities in the Country, serving thousands of customers in the Registration of Bir England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Business Support Officer

Camden London Borough Council
£29,359
We have recently changed the way that we work so that we are more responsive to... Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue