Measures such as so-called "living walls" should be installed at schools to help combat pollution, climate campaigners say. Laurie Laybourn-Langton, director at UK Health Alliance on Climate Change, has told Sky News that not enough is being done to clean up the air. He said: "It's important that individuals, as well as the communities, businesses and schools in which they live and work, take measures to understand how air pollution impacts them and act to reduce their exposure, lowering the chance of harm.
Schools in polluted areas should have “living walls” installed to protect children from toxic substances in the air, campaigners have claimed. Covering walls with plants could prove an effective strategy as they are able to absorb dangerous pollutants from the air, they said. Two neighboring west London schools are trying to raise thousands of pounds to help pay for these structures, hoping to protect their children from health problems linked with pollution.
Dr Dirk Wildeboer, Senior Lecturer in Bioscience and Biomedical Science, talks to the BBC about the University’s new living wall and how green walls like it can help reduce air pollution.