Sourced from the Independent
Schools in polluted areas should have “living walls” installed to protect children from toxic substances in the air, campaigners have claimed.
Covering walls with plants could prove an effective strategy as they are able to absorb dangerous pollutants from the air, they said.
Two neighbouring west London schools are trying to raise thousands of pounds to help pay for these structures, hoping to protect their children from health problems linked with pollution.
It comes after reports of state school parents crowdfunding for air purifiers to alleviate the dangerous levels of air pollution found throughout London.
Mayor Sadiq Khan has pledged to tackle pollution in the capital, but Laurie Laybourn-Langton, from the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change, said more needs to be done to clean up the air.
"It's important that individuals, as well as the communities, businesses and schools in which they live and work, take measures to understand how air pollution impacts them and act to reduce their exposure, lowering the chance of harm,” he told Sky News. "For schools, measures like living walls can help to improve the quality of air children breathe and therefore improve their health and well-being, enhance the look and feel of their environment and also educate them about air pollution and climate change.
"However the responsibility of cleaning up our air lies with the government, which has the power, resources and duty to respond. Primarily, this requires the government to introduce new laws."