The world’s most famous children’s hospital has teamed up with
air pollution campaigners The Air Team to close the road outside the hospital and create a
spectacular ‘play street’ for Clean Air Day 2019.
rainbow themed play zone – a temporary theme park in the heart of London.
The innovative ‘play street’ is closed to traffic for the afternoon and features a giant rainbow
slide and running track, designed by the children. The slide carries the words ‘FRESH AIR
FUTURE’ in rainbow lettering – a reference to London’s current levels of toxic air.
accidents that make playing out in the street dangerous for children.
lung capacity than those living outside the capital, and air pollution is known to contribute to
asthma and a range of other respiratory diseases in children.
The Air Team is a group of parents across the UK who are worried about the damage air
pollution is causing to their children’s health and are calling for national action to bring
pollution down to safe limits.
“London is a wonderful city, but it needs to clean up its act. Our children are breathing dirty air
every single day, and this is the first time I’ve felt happy to let my son play outside in his
community without the scourge of traffic and pollution.
way of reducing air pollution and connecting communities, but we need real action from the
Mayor and crucially the Government to get the most polluting vehicles off the roads, and give
the streets back to the people”
off to traffic on a temporary – but repeating – basis.
benefited from the scheme.
the freedom to simply go outside and play, to the serious detriment of their health and
happiness. We’ve allowed cars and traffic to take over our streets, creating a “child-unfriendly”
environment, both in terms of road safety and air pollution.
Clean Air Day, creating a vision for what is possible and demonstrating a basic need for all
children: the freedom to play out where they live and breathe clean air”.