13 September 2023
Air pollution is a crisis for our children, causing a number of health problems, including asthma, respiratory infections, and cancer. Exposure to air pollution during pregnancy can also increase the risk of preterm birth, birth defects, and neurodevelopmental disorders.
The problem of air pollution is getting worse. In recent years, air pollution levels have been increasing in many parts of the world. This is due to a number of factors, including the growing use of fossil fuels, the increasing number of vehicles on the road, and deforestation.
Here are some additional facts about air pollution:
• Air pollution is the fourth leading cause of death globally, killing an estimated 7 million people each year.
• Children are more vulnerable to the effects of air pollution than adults.
• Air pollution can cause a number of health problems, including asthma, respiratory infections, cancer, heart disease, and stroke.
• Air pollution can also affect cognitive development and learning.
Children are exposed to indoor air pollution, which is often as harmful as the outdoor air. Sources of pollution inside our homes include:
• Heating with wood: Burning wood releases pollutants into the air, such as nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter.
• Secondhand smoke: Secondhand smoke is a major source of indoor air pollution. It contains harmful chemicals that can damage the lungs and respiratory system.
• Mold and mildew: Mold and mildew can grow in damp areas, such as bathrooms and basements. They release spores into the air that can cause allergies and respiratory problems.
• Pet dander: Pet dander is a common indoor allergen. It can trigger asthma attacks and other respiratory problems.
• Chemicals and pollutants from cleaning products, furniture, and other household items: Many household products contain chemicals that can pollute the air. These chemicals can cause a variety of health problems, including respiratory problems, allergies, and cancer.
We are at a crisis point for air pollution. We need to take urgent action to reduce air pollution levels and protect the health of our children. We need to:
• Drive less and walk, bike, or take public transportation more often.
• Use public transportation or rideshare instead of driving alone.
• Avoid using gas-powered lawnmowers and leaf blowers.
• Plant trees and other vegetation.
• Support policies that promote clean energy and reduce emissions.
• Air purification systems should be used inside in public buildings such as schools or sports centres, and our homes.
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