The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health have today released a landmark report on the effect of indoor pollution on children.
This adds to the already substantial body of evidence on the impacts of air pollution on children’s lung, cardiovascular and developmental health.
Ocado’s 100s of diesel van, staff car and HGV movements just metres from the school will mean increased pollution in the playground but also in the classrooms. The nursery, which is closest to the depot has its doors open all day.
We are routinely exposed to outdoor pollution when we are indoors. Nitrogen dioxide (NO2), inhalable particles (PM10 and PM2.5) and other pollutants in the surrounding outdoor air enters buildings and vehicles. Higher outdoor pollution is found close to busy roads, and this disproportionately affects urban and low-income areas. Outdoor air pollution has become a major challenge in urban classrooms, leading some schools to attempt to discourage parents idling car engines before and after school. From conception through to early adulthood, organs such as the lung and brain continue to grow and develop. This makes children and young people particularly vulnerable to the effects of indoor and outdoor air pollution.
We will continue to fight for our children’s health and also for the health of the wider community affected by Ocado’s diesel depot.
The report is available here.