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Millions of British children exposed to harmful pollution

Millions of British children exposed to harmful pollution

Parents in cities across the United Kingdom are being urged to ditch the auto and opt for walking and cycling on the school run to protect their children from the effects of air pollution.

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. The vehicle industry is partly responsible for our toxic streets, and seeing the Government resist calls for an industry-financed Clean Air Fund is incomprehensible.

Amy Gibbs, Unicef UK's director of advocacy, said: "Worryingly, one third of our children could be filling their lungs with toxic air that puts them at risk of serious long-term health conditions".

The BHF is urging government to make this happen by adopting World Health Organisation (WHO) air quality guidelines into United Kingdom law.

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.

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Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive of BHF, said: "It's great to have Debbie's support with encouraging action to promote and protect the nation's heart health from the effects of air pollution".

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

All five councils promoting Clean Air Day are encouraging their own staff to either walk or cycle to work, vehicle share, park and stride or to use public transport.

The council are urging people to look into other modes of transport when they need to travel.

According to the sustainable transport group Greener Journeys, if we all switched from auto to bus just one journey a month, it would mean one billion fewer vehicle journeys on our roads, saving two million tonnes of Carbon dioxide every year, helping to ease pollution and congestion.

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Healthy Air Leeds is due to conduct the event today - Clean Air Day.

Earlier this month the children attended a training session in the Council Chamber at Waltham Forest Town Hall where they shared their views on how air quality could be improved in the borough with deputy leader of the council and cabinet member for the environment Councillor Clyde Loakes. "Indoor air pollution needs to be taken as seriously as outdoor air pollution".

According to the charity, children are exposed to 30 per cent more pollution than most adults when walking down the street, because their height means they are closer to exhaust pipes.

To draw attention towards high air pollution levels, a group performed "asanas" at the Shivala Ghat here with masks on their faces at an event held on the International Day of Yoga.

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