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News Center Items by Jenette Restivo

Around 600,000 Children Worldwide Die Annually Due to Air Pollution

A new report from the United Nations Children’s Fund revealed that around 300 million children in the world are exposed to highly toxic air pollution when outdoors, with about 600,000 of them dying every year due to illnesses and disease caused by or exacerbated by air pollution.The report showed that the vast majority of children who are exposed to high levels of air pollution live in South Asia, where pollution is at least six times higher than the safe levels imposed by the World Health Organization.

Survey to Establish How Much Children Play in the Countryside

A UK charity is conducting a survey of local parents to learn about their children’s outdoor play practices to inform a new nature play project they are launching. The Manx Wildlife Trust will begin construction of a 60-acre nature play trail this autumn. Though the project will take several years to complete, thousands of children and adults are expected to benefit from the effort.

Interior Secretary Jewell, Google Announce Donation to Connect Kids to National Parks

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Google Executive Eric Young announced a $165,000 donation from Google to the National Park Foundation’s Open OutDoors for Kids program. The donation to the National Park Foundation (NPF) – the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service – helps support the Every Kid in a Park initiative and will fund transportation grants for approximately 1,700 underserved children to visit national parks and participate in multi-day environmental education programs. The announcement was made at a first-of-its-kind campout near Google’s Campus with 60 children from the greater Seattle area.

New Outdoor Leadership Club Engaging Howard School Students with ‘Best Town Ever’

A new Outdoor Leadership Club at the Howard School, a co-educational public magnet school in Chattanooga, Tennessee with a 94.5 percent minority student body, is attempting to remove the barriers between students and the outdoor offerings of the surrounding area. From canoeing and camping to archery and hiking, the weekly after-school club aims to make those outdoor opportunities more accessible for students as well as diversify the local outdoors scene.

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