“sending a child to school (for that matter anywhere) in a non a/c vehicle for more than 30 minutes per day, will drastically affect their health” (it most likely could shorten their life span)
Sri Lanka’s urban roads are choked with traffic today, with the problem becoming increasingly dangerous in the past 10 years when the problem as more than doubled. Much of these fumes are either diesel vehicle ones, or the fumes from 3 wheelers that are highly polluting due to the lack of air purification systems like catalytic converters. We in Sri Lanka are setting the stage for a catastrophe that no one has YET commented on, (least of all the media) to the public, and if I am the first to make this statement, so be it.
The link below if proof were needed shows how damaging diesel emissions are to your health. This has even led the UK to ban diesel vehicles from 2020 within London, and we are still busily importing them in numbers and have NOT converted even our urban buses to LNG or Electric, both of which is a fraction of the cost of LRT and other transport means currently being promoted.
Ingesting Diesel Fumes as the link clearly shows can severely stunt the growth of the brain too!! So my headline statement is NOT TO BE TAKEN LIGHTLY
Think about it! Comments and suggestions most appreciated to begin an urgent dialogue that will lead to decision making with the evidence at hand. It makes the banning of Tobacco Cultivation which is in today’s papers a joke in comparison.
Will this have an added benefit of changing this current trend – the rush and competition to send your children to the best Schools situated in the Center of many large cities as being the best, especially in Colombo and Kandy where the air pollution is at its worst.