Air quality lessons for primary pupils

Danemill Green Lessons

Local schoolchildren from across the district have been exploring the world of air quality and going green with a series of lessons from Blaby District Council.

Blaby District Council has benefitted from £135,000 in funding from Defra for its “Countdown to Clean Air” project. Part of this funding is for school engagement to raise awareness about air quality to primary-age pupils.

The Council is committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2030, and the district becoming carbon neutral by 2050.

Officers with a specialism in air quality and active travel have started their sessions by visiting Danemill Primary in Enderby. The team are also set to visit and The Hall School in Glenfield and All Saints C of E Primary School in Sapcote.

The sessions, which coincide with Great Big Green Week, include information about climate change and air quality, with the content targeted towards children of primary age to make it both fun and easy to understand.

It is hoped that pupils will come away knowing about how climate change and air quality are linked, passing this knowledge on to their parent/guardian for positive behavioural change.

Councillor Les Phillimore, Portfolio Holder for Housing, Community and Environmental Services, said: “We are really proud to be able to deliver these fantastic sessions to primary schools across the district.

“Climate change and air quality is an issue which affects everyone of every age and will most definitely impact these young people as they grow up. Now is the time to educate them as much as we possibly can so they can take their first steps to making a positive difference.

“I’d like to thank Danemill Primary welcoming us and giving us the chance to deliver these important sessions.”

More proactive engagement work is planned across district primary schools over the coming months as the Council maximises the opportunities to inform and educate young people about air quality.

Councillor Ben Taylor

 

Portfolio Holder for Housing, Community and Environmental Services, Councillor Les Phillimore

27 September 2022
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