Children are the future change agents. We have an obligation to provide a society with no danger in the air for them.
- The definition of children
- According to UNICEF, individuals aged from 0-18 years old can be regarded as children: 0-2 months: newborn;2-24 months: infant/toddler;2-6 years: young child;6-12 years: school-age child;12-18 years: adolescent
- What is wrong with the air we breath?
There are many different types of health damaging air pollution in the air we breath. Among the most common outdoor pollutants that affect human health are particulate matter (PM), ozone (O3), nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SO2), carbon monoxide (CO) and chemicals such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).
- The vulnerability of children: why they need special attention and care?
Children are not miniature adults. Compared with adults, children have a particular vulnerability to environmental pollution.
- Children’s lungs are in the process of growing and developing, making them especially vulnerable to polluted air.
- Children’s immune systems are still developing, especially at young ages.
- Children spend more time in outdoor activities than adults.
- Children have no choice on where to live or attend school.