Pupils at St Laurence’s National School in Greystones have been working on a clean air-focused awareness campaign as part of Clean Air Week.
As well as their initiative to increase active travel such as walking, cycling and scooting to school, pupils undertook a survey to assess how many cars were idling their engines while waiting at the school gate. Their results showed that 81 per cent of stationary cars were running their engines at the front of the school.
Green Schools Travel celebrated their third annual Clean Air Week from Monday, November 15 to Friday, November 19 to coincide with the EU Clean Air Forum. The conference brought together decision-makers, stakeholders and experts to inform the ongoing revision of EU rules relating to air quality. However, it is the everyday people like families, students and community members who take individual action and help to beat air pollution by choosing to travel actively to and from school and by making fewer journeys by car.
Green Schools are asking students, schools and families to take individual action towards improving the air quality around their school by walking and cycling for shorter journeys and to keep the front of school a car-free zone.