Simple projects to help pupils breathe cleaner air now
Every day children across the majority of the UK are being exposed to pollution that causes irreversible damage to their lungs.
A recent study by Kings College London, shows that some of these children already have their lung capacity reduced by as much as 10%.
Every day that we wait for government solutions is another day wasted with permanent harm being done.
We can’t wait any longer, we have to take matters into own our hands and act now.
That’s why we have developed six free-of-charge cleaner air programmes designed to quickly improve the air quality in and around schools. Children spend much of their day and undertake a lot of physical activity at school so it’s imperative our focus is there.
These projects involve pupils, teachers and parents delivering pupil-led projects and adopting small changes that will make a big difference and help them to breathe ‘Cleaner Air Sooner’.
What we provide
Toolkits with guidance on six achievable projects that schools can undertake themselves.
All the resources you need to do these projects - from video lessons to awareness-raising leaflets and templates for communicating about pollution with your school community.
1-1 advice to schools and parents on what project would work for your school. Contact us to find out more.
A Cleaner Air Sooner certificate and banner for your school gate, for all schools that sign up.
It's funded by the Clean Air Fund, so all completely free of charge.
Join the Cleaner Air Sooner programme
Raising awareness is an important first step to becoming a cleaner air school. It’s zero cost, and with many existing resources, it is quite quick to do, so it makes an ideal first project.
Idling campaigns are a great way to start off your quest for cleaner air at your school: they’re low cost, have an immediate impact, and can be led by the pupils themselves.
As much as 60% of children’s daily pollution exposure comes from the playground and commute to school.
So tackling playground pollution - particularly if your playground fronts a busy road - is one of the ways schools can protect pupils from high levels of exposure.
CLEAN AIR ROUTE MAPPING
Walking just one road back from a main road can significantly reduce pupils' exposure to pollution on their way to school.
This cross-curricular project can get across this important message in a really fun and engaging way.
Pupils sometimes ask: "If pollution is bad for child health, why do we have cars outside schools?" Good question! Perhaps you could have regular 'play streets', or even campaign for a school street.