New schools air quality campaign kicks off

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Pupils at Wincheap Primary School have been learning about air pollution as part of a new city council campaign.

The council’s Air Quality Officer, Kelly Haynes, attended the school’s assembly on Tuesday (17 September). Among the topics she covered in her talk were what air pollution is, how it affects people’s health, the impact on the environment and what can be done to reduce it.

The 15-minute talk also includes a short animated video (below) and a competition to design an anti-idling banner for the school gate. The winning banner will be picked by the school and printed by the council.

So far, six primary schools have signed up for the ‘Cleaner Air for Schools’ talk, but the council is hoping to visit all of them in the district in the coming months.

Kelly said: “The first talk at Wincheap went really well and it was lovely to meet the children. We’ve tried to make it as interactive and fun as we can, while getting some important messages across at the same time.

“It only takes a few small changes in behaviour, such as walking or cycling to school, or turning off the car engine when stationary, to make a difference in air quality at the school gate.

“Any school that would like a visit can get in touch with me directly and I’ll be more than happy to come and see you.”

To find out more about the ‘Cleaner Air for Schools’ campaign or to book a talk, email kelly.haynes@canterbury.gov.uk.