In 71% of UK towns and cities, children could be breathing in unsafe levels of air pollution. Unicef UK were pretty shocked at that statistic, so we want to hear what young people think about the issue!
Children and young people contribute the least to air pollution but are the ones suffering most from its effects.
Between June and August this year, U-Report asked young people across the UK their thoughts on air pollution. In the first of a series of polls, nearly half of U-Reporters said they think air pollution is the key environmental problem in their community.
Following that, on 21 June, Clean Air Day, a massive 73% of U-Reporters said they think air pollution is an important issue for children’s health, but the majority didn’t think they have enough info about the issue, so with your help, we hope we can change that!
Most recently, U-Report asked about young peoples’ experiences of toxic air, and 49% of U-Reporters said they live near a busy road, and 17% live with asthma. But we were really happy to find out that a whopping 86% of U-Reporters are taking the sensible steps to reduce or protect themselves from air pollution by walking, cycling or taking public transport.
We believe every child has the right to a safe environment, including breathing clean wherever they live, learn and play, so we need your help!
Article 24 of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child says that all children have the right to the best possible health. In response to the levels of toxic air in the UK Unicef UK has launched a campaign to make sure the UK government prioritises children’s health and keeps children safe from polluted air.
We want you to share your stories with us.
Do you have friends or family who have been affected by air pollution? Are you affected by air pollution? Have you taken action on air pollution in your local area? Perhaps you or someone you know live near a busy road or live with asthma or other respiratory problems?
We’re asking young people up and down the country to blog about their experiences with air pollution.
Things to remember:
· Your post can be between 300-700 words
· Don’t include personal identifying details like names, places of work, school(s)
Still interested? Send your blog post to . You can also email us if you have questions or concerns!
For more information about air pollution in your local area and for health advice, visit: