La rebelión de las escuelas que se han plantado contra los coches (The rebellion of schools against cars) | EL PAÍS
Barcelona is experiencing an unusual protest that does not stop growing. They are schools that have been planted against the pollution and noise that surrounds them, caused by traffic, and they demand that the City Council eliminate lanes of traffic from their surroundings. Mayor Ada Colau has launched a plan to pacify school zones, but these schools see the pace and intensity of the actions insufficient.
Half of the city centers exceed the pollution levels recommended by the European Union during school hours. And there is scientific evidence that pollution affects the health and cognitive development of children. The families, hand in hand with the schools, have said enough. Every other Friday they simultaneously cut the traffic in front of the centers at the end of the school. On December 11 there were 17 schools. Last Friday, more than 50, and schools from two other cities, Badalona and Sabadell, joined. The Catalan Society of Pediatrics and the ISGlobal institute support their claims.