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On behalf of all Canadian kids, more than a dozen preschool children presented Prime Minister Chrt0069en with a Kyoto thank you card and a bag full of asthma puffers this week.

The presentation was the culmination of a national Kids for Kyoto campaign led by CUPE child care workers and allies including the Child Care Advocacy Association and the YWCA.

The kids we care for are bearing the brunt of poor air quality. Smog and air pollution are health hazards for everyone but they can be deadly for children and their developing lungs. Kids need clean air, says Shellie Bird from CUPE 2204. The Kyoto protocol was designed with children in mind.

Bird accompanied several preschool children as they presented an oversized thank you card to Chrt0069en.

Asthma is a growing public health epidemic, affecting up to 20 per cent of children in Canada. Poor air quality is a trigger of this chronic disease.

I worked in a day care for infants where four out of six children were on puffers. We have to turn this around. Our kids need clean air not puffers to grow up healthy. We owe it to them to implement Kyoto, says Bird.