Greenpeace holds Flemish government in default for bad air quality in Antwerp
Children and elderly
“This has a heavy impact on our health”, says Joeri Thijs. “There are no safe limits for NO2. Short periods of exposure to high concentrations are harmful, just as long time exposure to low concentrations. Especially for children and elderly people.”
“The bad air enters the car through the ventilation system, so the occupants are more exposed to the pollution than cyclists or pedestrians”, explains Thijs, who adds that bringing children to school by car isn’t the right way to protect them from air pollution.
Greenpeace also hopes the government takes action to limit the amount of diesel cars. “NO2 has an important impact on our health and it are especially diesel cars that emit this gas”, says Greenpeace.
Based on these results Greenpeace decided last week to hold the Flemish government in default because of its reluctancy to take action. In Holland and Germany environmental organizations going to court for the same reasons were put in the right in similar cases.