UN calls for action at COP22 over air pollution affecting children

Unicef will use this week’s COP22 in Marrakesh, Morocco to urgently press the attending world leaders to take measures to protect children from air pollution.

Almost one in seven children breathe in toxic levels of air pollution. “Clean the Air for Children” uses satellite imagery that confirms around two billion children live in areas where air pollution exceeds minimum air quality guidelines set by the World Health Organization.

Toxic levels of air pollution among children can lead to lung, brain and immune disease and account for one in 10 under-five-year-olds deaths.

Unicef is presenting four steps of action to be taken to lower levels of pollution and protect children from its effect.

The fact that air pollution is at an all-time high in various regions of the world and that it is now affecting the health of our future generation, needs to make us reflect on our own actions.

What can we personally do to reduce these numbers? There are several ways in which you can reduce air pollution in your daily lifestyle. Rethink your transportation for example, your energy consumption and your shopping habits.

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