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FotE launch school resource to help tackle air pollution

97% of teachers and parents recommend Friends of the Earth's free Clean Air Schools Pack for primary learners

Posted by Julian Owen | November 03, 2017 | Sustainability

Environmental charity Friends of the Earth has launched a free Clean Air Schools Pack to help primary school students learn about air pollution. The launch of the educational resource, endorsed by the National Union of Teachers, coincides with new guidance from the National Education Union which urges schools to monitor air pollution and learn about pollution in lessons

Children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of air pollution. Dirty air can cause and worsen asthma, impact brain development and even lead to smaller lung development. There are currently over 2000 schools, colleges and nurseries located in places with illegal levels of dirty air. 

Geared towards Key Stage Two, the packs contain three lesson plans to help transform pupils into budding scientists, including air monitoring tubes which allow students to test for the harmful gas nitrogen dioxide. The pupils then get the opportunity to learn campaigning skills to make their voices heard, including how to write a persuasive letter to local politicians and how to run a poster competition to raise awareness in their school. Also included is a fun and active assembly plan, colourful posters and materials, and ‘I love Clean Air’ stickers. 

"There are currently over 2000 schools, colleges and nurseries located in places with illegal levels of dirty air." 

The launch follows a successful pilot with 200 primary schools in which 97% of teachers and parents said they would recommend the pack. 

Muna Suleiman, Friends of the Earth air pollution campaigner, said: “We know the health effects of air pollution can be especially bad for children. Studies show that dirty air can cause and worsen asthma, impact brain development and can even reduce lung capacity for life. 

“Our children deserve better. That’s why we’re committed to educating this generation about air pollution with our Clean Air Schools Pack.” 

Feedback from teachers included such comments as “Loved the Pack, really simple to use and informative; would recommend,” "It was great to have something that linked to mainstream media so readily”  and “The kids loved the whole letter exchange; they were convinced that the professor was real and they were communicating".  

To order a Clean Air Schools Pack go to: https://act.foe.co.uk/act/order-your-clean-air-schools-pack

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