Air pollution in London is illegally high. It is already having a massive impact on the health of people in the capital, especially children, with the tragic death of 9-year-old Ella Kissi-Debrah now the first to be directly linked to air pollution. (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-44612642)
Many of London's schools are in high-pollution areas, but councils are refusing to act. Hackney council, for example, is arguing that school playgrounds deserve less protection than public buildings because children don't spend much time playing in them.
Why is this important?
Air pollution can permanently damage children's developing lungs and has been linked to a lower IQ later in life.
Air pollution has been implicated in 40,000 premature deaths in the UK already, and it's only going to get worse.
2,091 schools, nurseries, further education centres and after-school clubs in the UK are within 150 metres of a road with illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide.
Is it too much to ask that schools should offer our kids a safe haven from air pollution, not worsen their health and damage their future prospects?