You, too, can measure air quality on playgrounds!
In Europe, almost all citizens living in cities breath air the quality of which exceeds the WHO health limits.1
Children are much more vulnerable to the adverse health effects of air pollution than adults due to their higher minute ventilation, immature immune systems, involvement in vigorous activities, and the continuing development of their lungs. The consequences of their exposure to polluted air can lead to illness and other health burdens that last a lifetime.2
In order to help protect children’s health, Clean Air Action Group (Levegő Munkacsoport) starts a new project, focusing on playgrounds because parents and grandparents choose them explicitly for their assumed better air quality and overall health be-
nefits for their children and grandchildren. However, they do not know the levels of airpollution (from transport, heating, rubber surface on the playground itself and other sources) and their adverse effects on the health of their children and grandchildren.
This project will provide parents and grandparents with information on air quality at children’s playgrounds in Budapest at various times of the day and the year and allow them to contribute to the collection of data.
In the end of the project, in the summer of 2020, Clean Air Action Group will issues recommendations to the Budapest city government and district governments to improve air quality in the city as well as to make targeted improvements in certain playgrounds where parent and grandparent volunteers find a particularly high level of pollution.
Sign up for citizen science project right now at www.levego.hu/citizenscience and take a step towards making the air safer and more transparent for everyone in Budapest!
The Project „Citizen Science to Improve Air Quality” is implemented by Clean Air Action Group (Hungary) and Bellona St. Petersburg with the support of the European Commission and the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum.