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Car pollution near schools big worry for children, survey finds


Almost two-thirds of London schoolchildren are fearful about air pollution near their faculty – a rise of 11 per cent since an analogous survey was carried out in 2018.

YouGov’s survey discovered ¾ of kids are fearful about local weather change and pollution

A YouGov ballot, commissioned by the strolling and biking charity, Sustrans, surveyed 1,305 pupils aged from 6 to fifteen years outdated throughout the UK, of which 180 had been in London. They had been requested about their attitudes in the direction of air pollution and the local weather disaster. They had been additionally requested about and the actions they assume must be taken to assist cut back the affect of poor air high quality and local weather change.

Of these surveyed in London, 63 per cent stated adults aren’t doing sufficient to deal with local weather change. This is in step with the nationwide findings.

More than three-quarters – 76 per cent – of the kids admitted to feeling fearful about local weather change, and 61 per cent thought that adults don’t take heed to kids’s issues concerning the matter.

The survey additionally discovered:

  • More than half (54 per cent) of pupils described the atmosphere round their faculty as having too many vehicles
  • 33 per cent of pupils are “fearful” that transport makes extra greenhouse gases within the UK than the rest, with personal car use, particularly vehicles, making up the most important a part of this
  • Just 3 per cent of the kids surveyed presently cycle, whereas 9 per cent stated that they wished to
  • Just 4 per cent presently scoot to high school; 10 per cent wish to.

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More than half the kids surveyed stated there are too many vehicles near their schools

“The outcomes of this survey spotlight the accountability we’ve got to create a more healthy, greener and fairer society for the technology coming after us,” stated James Austin, Sustrans’ London director.

“For those that are inclined to drive their kids to schools, it’s price remembering that swapping all or a part of their on a regular basis journeys to energetic modes of journey may help reduce harmful ranges of air pollution in our cities and cities.

“We are calling on the brand new Mayor of London to make strolling, wheeling and biking extra inclusive by empowering one million extra Londoners with the talents and assets to cycle frequently.

“We know that many extra Londoners have began strolling and biking extra throughout lockdown. Let’s assist them proceed to journey extra actively as life slowly will get again to regular.”

Big PedalThe survey has been launched to mark the beginning of this 12 months’s Big Pedal, Britain’s largest inter-school energetic journey competitors.

Held yearly by Sustrans, this 12 months’s problem will see greater than half one million kids stroll, cycle, scoot and wheel their journeys to and from faculty.

For extra info go to: www.bigpedal.org.uk

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