MP makes stand for cleaner air

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS -

AIR pol­lu­tion poses a se­ri­ous risk to chil­dren’s health.

That’s the mes­sage from Read­ing East MP Matt Rodda, who last week at­tended a Par­lia­men­tary event to learn more about the dam­age pol­luted air can cause young­sters.

At the event, sup­ported by Bri­tish Lung Foun­da­tion and Client Earth, the Labour MP – whose con­stituency cov­ers parts of Wood­ley and Ear­ley – said that he heard from par­ents call­ing for a Clean Air for Chil­dren Pro­gramme to tackle harm­ful and il­le­gal lev­els of air pol­lu­tion around schools, nurs­eries and play­grounds.

The par­ent-led pro­gramme calls for emer­gency mea­sures to pro­tect chil­dren and ba­bies’ lungs from il­le­gal and harm­ful lev­els of air pol­lu­tion where they learn and where they play.

In a state­ment, Mr Rodda said: “Air pol­lu­tion is a se­ri­ous risk to chil­dren’s health in Read­ing East and across the coun­try, and it is im­por­tant to learn more about its ef­fects and how to tackle that prob­lem.”

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