Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, has backed UNICEF’s Healthy Air for Every Child Campaign, that highlights the effects of a poor environment on the health of children.

You can’t see it, but right here in the UK, toxic air poses a dangerous threat to children’s health. Across 86% of the UK, children are breathing in harmful levels of toxic air. This toxic air can harm their lungs, impact brains development, and can create lasting problems like asthma. UNICEF research has shown that across the UK, 86% of children are breathing dangerous levels of toxic air.

The Government have a responsibility to ensure that all children grow up in an environment free from toxic air.

UNICEF are calling on the Government to commit to targets to reduce toxic air in the UK to the legal levels recommended by the World Health Organisation, create an action plan so that all
Government departments work towards protecting our children from toxic air, and are calling for additional funding for Local Authorities so they are able to keep children safe wherever they live, learn and play.

 

Andrew Gwynne said:

“Children are the least responsible for polluting the air but the most vulnerable to its harmful effects.

 

“I’m supporting UNICEF in raising this issue, and calling for more action from the Government to put an end to this growing crisis.  I also want to thank pupils from Denton St Anne’s Primary School for being a part of this initiative – your drawings, postcards and letters to the Environment Secretary are great.

 

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