Earlier this month, Women for a Healthy Environment and Healthy Schools PA released a new tool that shows the air pollution threats to our children’s health and which schools are most threatened by bad air. You can check out their new map here:
This map identifies potential environmental hazards located within a one-mile radius of a public school building in the southwestern Pennsylvania region. The area includes ten counties, over 336,000 children attending public schools, 674 public school buildings, 128 school districts, and 7,040 square miles. We know that fracking, and oil and gas infrastructure can have a huge impact on public health, especially the health of our children.
We try so hard to protect our children from danger but sometimes the greatest danger is something that is difficult to see. Air pollution, although sometimes invisible, can make kids and parents sick—asthma and respiratory issues are on the rise in many schools across Pennsylvania.
Is your child’s school in a high threat area? Use the map and find out.