Working with schools to improve air quality in Southampton

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In June 2019, we launched the Air Quality Exhibit at Winchester Science centre. It features a huge pair of lungs which demonstrate how air quality impacts on health and the individual measures that can be taken to improve levels of air pollution. A portable version has also been created to be taken to schools and public events and is proving very popular and engaging for the children.

Focusing on encouraging families to explore more environmentally friendly ways to travel, we launched two new story books for school children. Written by two MA students on the University of Winchester’s ‘Creative Writing for Children’ course, the books highlight the links between increasing active travel and reducing air pollution. The KS1 book called A Wild Walk to School focuses on how active travel enables time on the school run to be spent looking at nature during your journey whilst the KS2 book called A Right Royal Adventure! focuses on the history of air quality and how we can influence the future.

To celebrate National Clean Air Day, we invited Hampshire sixth form colleges and secondary schools to get creative and produce a three-minute film on the theme of active travel and cleaning up the air that we breathe. Entries were judged by the BBC, who also donated runners up gifts for all the schools and the fabulous first prize of a tour of the BBC South