Citizen participation to reduce air pollution
There are many news that reach us from different media, evidencing the importance of public health projects.
In September 6, the latest air quality evaluation report, prepared by the Public Health Agency of Barcelona, was presented, stating that “a minimum of 351 people have lost their lives in the capital of Barcelona due to an excess of particles PM2.5 (linked to traffic) in 2018 “, a figure equivalent to that of 2017.
In addition, the results obtained during 2018 in Barcelona show that at present they are still surpassing the levels WHO reference for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and for particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5) in the capital. The report also highlights that chronic exposure to high levels of pollution contributes to increasing respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, lung cancer and mortality.
These figures and data do not leave us indifferent. For this reason, the involvement of the population in projects such as the BiSC, which aims to study this kind of contamination in one of the most vulnerable social groups such as pregnant women and their babies, is of vital importance. And in short, think about the future that we want to offer to new generations.
In the following link you will find the latest report on the quality evaluation of the air in the city of Barcelona .
The text was written by Berta Miralles, a fieldworker from the BiSC project