by Louis Johen
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The air is too polluted for children From Seine-et-Marne, as in Villeparisis and Claye-Souilly. In its analysis submitted in mid-February 2022, the Respire association compares pollutant levels in Ile-de-France to the limits recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Result: more pollution than Twice the recommended maximum. This is the case in all schools in Villeparisis, a few kilometers from Paris and Roissy. This is also true of many schools in Claye-Souilly.
Pollution: Children at risk in Ile-de-France
employment Map published by Respire . AssociationCities classified as “poor” are twice the maximum air quality recommended by the World Health Organization. Those considered “acceptable” range from once to twice the maximum.
Parents of students react after this news. “It is dangerous and worrying for the health of our children,” said Celine Lambert, president of the Parents of Independent Pupils (PEI) association at Ernest Renan School in Villeparisses.
At school BarbaraThe student’s mother, Samia Dath, adds: “Maybe that is why some of our children always have asthma and get sick? It shouldn’t exist. My son’s asthma has been getting worse three years ago, and I understand better why now.”
” Parents should take their children on a bike or scooter. Many drop them off by car even though they live a 2 minute walk away. The authorities also need to do something. We cannot leave things as they are. Our children will eventually develop problems. »
The results are more worrying than before, because we’ve changed the way measurements are made. Concretely, we know that now The impact of pollution on health is more serious than we thought. “We wouldn’t get these results by following the old standards: the World Health Organization has significantly lowered its limits,” explains Toni Renucci of Respire.
Car-free streets in front of schools
The current municipality of Villeparisses has designated pedestrian lanes, especially when entering and exiting the school. This is done, at least, in four schools. In front of the République, the street was closed to cars at these times. It was initially an experiment, but now it is final. “At first, the motorists protested or were parked in double queues, and then we got used to it,” explains Michael Collings.
In Barbara, the dealership now manages the crossings and early parking lots. Educational radar, by the way, allows the city council to know the times when the maximum speed occurs. “We send the municipal police in with a speculum, and this is very deterrent,” adds Michael Collings. A stop has also been set up.
Then the street was closed to Anatole France and Severin at critical times. Finally, the Town Hall is setting up a roundabout near the École Freinet, at the end of the Allée de Maulny.
What to do?
According to the Respire Association, to reduce pollution, traffic around schools must be reduced: pedestrians, restrictions on children’s passing times or throughout the day. Pollution can also be measured in real time in schools using the carbon dioxide sensors and air purifiers used.
Local associations agree with this advice. The Adenca Society, in Claye-Souilly, requires that air quality monitoring points be established near city schools. It also wants to build a school in Sweili, to avoid having to travel to Clay. We have been contacted about this, and the Clay Sweeley City Council has not responded.
In Villeparisis, the Environmental Society EB2V declares: “It is necessary to ban the passage of heavy goods vehicles in the city on weekends. Deputy Mayor in charge of Municipal Police Michel Collings answers: “We are not bothered by heavy goods wagons, but trucks. »
My car or the health of my children?
Three pollutants near schools were analyzed by Airpariph between 2013 and 2019: NO2, PM10 and PM2.5. Tony Rinucci explains that nitrogen dioxide largely comes from road traffic. On the other hand, PM has many origins: road traffic, wood heating and other industries… “PM2.5 is the most dangerous because it enters the body from the lungs and attacks our organs,” adds Tony Rinucci.
There’s still good news: According to Respire, pollution tends to decline overall between 2013 and 2019, although levels are still well above what the World Health Organization recommends. But road traffic, and possibly airport traffic, could increase in the coming decades.
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