The fact that despite the pandemic, over 67% of the children questioned were still worried about how air pollution would affect their health, bears testimony to how serious their concerns are. And according to a respiratory specialist, Professor Sir Stephen Holgate, they have very valid reasons to worry. “Children’s developing organs and immune systems make them especially vulnerable to dirty air,” he explains.
“As they grow, they continue to be at high risk from air pollution because their immune systems, lungs and brains are still developing. Every day, around 93% of the world’s children (under the age of 15) are breathing air so polluted that it poses serious risks to their health and development.”