Video lesson

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Our new home school pollution lesson is made up of a: 

  • Recorded online video that can be slotted into homeschooling (20 minutes)

  • Instructions for an activity which pupils can undertake independently (15-20 minutes).


Learning outcomes:

  • Pupils will understand what pollution is and what creates pollution.

  • Pupils will know why it is especially important for children to breathe clean air.

  • Pupils will have learned 3 ways they can reduce the amount of pollution they breathe in their day-to-day lives.



Pupils will be encouraged to undertake an independent activity, building on their learning from the video. They can either:

  • Create a poster for their school

  • Make a video to share with parents, or 

  • Write a letter to a politician (local MP or local Mayor).

The video can be downloaded as part of the 'Raising Awareness' toolkit.

 Cleaner Air Sooner and Client Earth talk about how schools can get started on cleaner air for their school.

Hear Lucy Harbor from Cleaner Air Sooner talk about:

  • Why does school pollution matter? (2:17)

  • Intro to the Cleaner Air Sooner programme - quick wins and bigger projects (3:28)

  • Ideal first project - Raising Awareness.(5:12)

  • Other toolkits and how to sign up (15:55).

Hear from Parent Tom Knowles about:

  • How parents at his school and PTA began to look at air pollution (19:10).

  • Finding out pollution data (20:20) and thinking about sources.

  • Monitoring pollution at the school and raising awareness (21:45).

Hear from Catherine at Client Earth about:

  • Tips for how to influence your elected representatives when asking for cleaner air for your school (34:04).

  • Suggested letter structure (38:21).

  • Other tools (41:40). 

Webinar: Getting started

What makes an effective school-based campaign? Machine learning findings

This briefing, conducted by ethical data research company, Signify, for the Cleaner Air Sooner programme, consists of desk research and a machine learning analysis of social media. It identifies the features, content and elements that led some environmental projects based in schools to have huge impact in their communities.

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