In Europe, 13% of deaths are linked to air pollution (according to a report by the European Environment Agency), responsible for 630,000 deaths per year.
Every year, on September 16, the National Air Quality Day is held, the aim of which is to educate French people on the importance of breathing good quality air.
In France, three quarters of CO2 emissions are due to trucks and individual cars.
With sanitary confinement, pollution in France has dropped significantly, in particular thanks to a lesser use of these types of transport. So why not continue this momentum and change the way we move around ?
MOVE DIFFERENTLY TO PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN
In France, the majority of children breathe polluted air. In order to protect them, it’s important to act, and despite a growing awareness, the measures taken remain minimal.
We are all affected by air pollution, but the consequences for our body and that of our children are different. Our toddlers are the first to be affected because of the immaturity of their bodies and the frequency with which they breathe.
A child breathes one and a half times higher than that of adults. Result ? More or less serious pathologies which may increase over time appear, such as asthma, obesity, depressive syndromes, allergies, etc. So many diseases that can develop during childhood or from the fetal stage.
So how else can we travel with our children? Will moving differently have a real positive impact on our health and that of our children?
LET'S MOVE DIFFERENTLY: 84% OF PARENTS READY TO DROP THE CAR
According to a UNICEF survey in 2020, 70% of parents say they use the car to take their children to school, even though they live within 2 km.
This ease of taking the car for such short journeys causes traffic jams, stress for parents / children and significant pollution around the school.
So how can we move around differently while protecting our children and taking care of our health and theirs?
Think about alternative mobility ...
The simplest and fastest possible solution is to change mobility. According to the UNICEF survey, 84% of parents would be willing to ditch the car to use gentler modes of transportation. Their main motivations are for 53% of respondents a desire to pollute less, for 40% the need to spend a special time with their child and for 28% of respondents, this would allow them to avoid a sedentary lifestyle.
Whether it is cycling, walking, electric scooter or gyro, soft mobility is capable of bringing about a change in these journeys that can be considered painful and stressful.
For more information, we refer you to our article on New Ways of Moving Around to learn more about the benefits of these new electric mobility devices.