For an easy to understand guide to green barriers read this interview with Maria. In the interview we find out more about air pollution, and just why plants can help protect children.
The urban landscape and its dynamics cause some of the most severe environmental and health problems.
Air pollution caused by transportation has captured attention for its harmful effects on health, especially for its effect on vulnerable age groups, such as children.
By modifying the urban landscape through the addition of vegetation with traits that mitigate air contaminants, BREATHE aims to address the air pollution problem with a ‘nature-based solution’.
The BREATHE project is environmental and social research, as well as technological innovation. Specifically, this project investigates the use of green barriers to mitigate air pollution. Through the use of green barriers, we aim to improve the health and well-being of children who are currently exposed to low quality air in school playgrounds.
Green barriers are vertical and horizontal spatial arrangements of various types of vegetation. Two schools – one in Sheffield and one in Buenos Aires – will receive green barriers. Find out more about GoGoGreen at Hunters Bar Infants School in Sheffield.
After they have been installed, the impact of the green barriers on air quality, health and psychological well-being will be assessed. And we will also examine the feasibility of carrying out the project in a developing country.
Once we have collected data, outcomes and lessons learned will be communicated. Our hope is to reproduce the positives in both the developed and developing world.
Maria spoke at our Annual Symposium 2020 about her work and the pandemic. Specifically, she spoke about how air pollution can make Covid-19 much worse for sufferers. You can find more in this write up: Symposium ’20: Racial justice, Covid and the SDGs.
CNBC news interviewed Maria in June 2020. They spoke to her about her project and linked it up to other global efforts to combat air pollution. Look here to read: In cities around the world, living walls and green barriers could lift our moods and help tackle pollution.
The installation of the barrier brought a team of teachers, local people, academics and businesses together. Find out more here: School seeks help to install pioneering ‘green’ pollution barrier.
Do you want to know more about BREATHE and green barriers? Then read this interview with Maria to find out about the green barrier and how it reduces air pollution for children at the school.
Redondo Bermúdez M..C. (2020) Plants, Ambient Air Quality, and Human Health. In: Leal Filho W., Wall T., Azul A.M., Brandli L., Özuyar P.G. (eds) Good Health and Well-Being. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69627-0_125-2
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