Clean Air Day is an annual campaign to create a national conversation around the air we breathe, being held on 8th October.
At the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, we’re working with children’s author Patrice Lawrence, artist Ali Winstanley, and scientist Professor James Lee, to create a short children’s story about clean air and engage young people with changes in our environment.
Air pollution is the largest environmental health risk we face today, and children are particularly vulnerable to its impacts. Earlier this year, we saw the air we breathe become cleaner during the COVID-19 lockdown. Massive shifts to low pollution behaviours, like not using our cars, gave us a glimpse of what the future could look like, with clear benefits to us all – particularly children.
Schools within Clean Air Zone cities, such as Leeds and Birmingham, are being encouraged to contribute to our clean air story, as part of a NERC public engagement grant awarded earlier this year.
7 to 11-year-olds are invited to come up with ideas to make the air cleaner, and share what it looks and feels like to live or go to school where the air is polluted, through a creative writing and drawing activity.
For more information about the children’s story, or if you’re a Key Stage 2 teacher in a Clean Air Zone school and are keen for your class to be involved, please contact Harriett Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org.