Schools are also fundraising to supply face masks for children.
Schools are now holding fundraisers to buy face masks for students, which Kathryn Shaw of a charity promoting walking and cycling says is obviously not the answer, telling the Guardian:
Children resorting to wearing air pollution masks is a sign that when it comes to cleaning up our air, we are falling woefully short. Resigning ourselves to these adaptations rather than tackling the source of air pollution solves very little and is a great disservice to future generations.
Recently there was yet another study showing how pollution from diesel-fuel-spewing vehicles was more harmful than anyone thought; the latest study of 2,000 school children in London shows that it stunts the growth of children’s lungs. Prof Chris Griffiths, at Queen Mary University of London tells the Guardian:
We are raising a generation of children with stunted lung capacity. This reflects a car industry that has deceived the consumer and central government, which continues to fail to act decisively to ensure towns and cities cut traffic. The public very much wants better air quality, and they are right.