Pollution affecting children


Children are particularly sensitive to pollution.  For example, small amounts of lead can impair a child’s mental development.  Pollutants also affect pregnant women and foetuses, which can lead to children being born with congenital defects.  The effects on health of pollution are often irreparable.

Pollution can be caused by the manufacturing process (including emissions and industrial accidents), in transportation, and also at the end of the product life-cycle during the recycling and disposal of waste.  Although waste recycling and disposal can pose serious health risks, children are used for it in many countries including China, India and Kenya.