The Mayor has today launched a new initiative to help clean up toxic air and protect the health of young children at nurseries in some of the most polluted parts of London.
20 nurseries in pollution hot spots across the capital will receive new ‘air quality audits’, to help identify measures to reduce children’s exposure to toxic air pollution.
Five nurseries will trial new air quality filtration systems to test their effectiveness at reducing indoor pollution.
Responding to this news, Alastair Harper, Head of Advocacy at Unicef UK, said: “We know that children are the most vulnerable to the harmful effects of air pollution and evidence shows schools are one of the places they are most exposed. What we need now is the resource to create targeted interventions to tackle this.
“Mapping the schools and nurseries with dangerous levels of air pollution is a crucial first step in taking an ambitious, proactive approach to protecting children from toxic air. However, this is a national problem – not just an issue for the capital. This positive work by the Greater London Authority now needs to be replicated across the country, with central government funding to ensure local authorities have the support they need to act.”
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