Schools

We can’t always see it, but air pollution can have particularly serious effects on the health of our children.

We believe it is vitally important to educate our future generations with the knowledge they need to make a difference to air pollution in the future.

The Clean Air Leeds team are currently developing a toolkit for schools to download and run their own pollution busting lessons. It’s packed with curriculum related lesson plans and handouts that can be used throughout the year. Watch this space to find out more.

Schools across Leeds can take part in the Modeshift STARS scheme, which  encourages schools across the country to join in a major effort to increase levels of sustainable and active travel in order to improve the health and well-being of children and young people. The awards scheme recognises schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel.

Leeds City Council’s road safety and sustainable travel for schools team offer practical skills training, travel plan support along with a number of helpful resources. For more information on how your school could benefit from this support visit Road safety and sustainable travel for schools.

We also regularly run competitions for our Leeds schools to get involved with. To date we have run a Green Miles competition to encourage school children to travel more sustainably to school and most recently we have crowned Grange Farm Primary School winners of our Good vs Bad gases superhero competition.

Myths

Let's clear a few things up

Myth:

Cyclists and pedestrians are exposed to more air pollution than drivers

Fact:

Wrong. As well as being better for your health and fitness, evidence shows that cyclists and pedestrians are also less exposed to air pollution than people in vehicles. This is because your air filter probably doesn’t remove pollution from the air it circulates and being on the road itself means that your vehicles is surrounded by exhaust fumes. Pedestrians and cyclists are also less exposed because even 1 metre away from traffic, there is considerably less pollution than on the road itself.

Myth:

Turning your engine on and off again whilst sat in traffic releases more emissions than leaving it running.

Fact:

Whether you’re stuck in traffic or just waiting to pick someone up, if you think that your car might be stationary for more than 2 minutes it’s better to turn your engine off than leave it running. Doing so will reduce the amount of gases harmful to our health and the environment that your car emits. It’s an easy way to reduce your own contribution to air pollution!

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