Partner Organisations

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16 primary schools

Funded by

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LB Wandsworth, LB Merton, LB Richmond and LB Croydon

Year

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March 2015 – December 2016

Location

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Monks Orchard Primary School, Oasis Academy Byron, St Cyprians Greek Orthodox Primary Academy, Woodside Primary Academy, Cranmer Primary School, St Johns Fisher RC Primary School, West Wimbledon Primary School, Darell Primary School, Holy Trinity Primary School, Sheen Mount, St Stephens Primary School, Eveline Day School, Penwortham Primary School, Sacred Heart Primary School, St Marys CE Primary School

Brief

 

CA4S is an innovative citizen science and engagement project aimed to educate pupils and parents about the causes and effects of air pollution on health and how to reduce their contribution and exposure to air pollution through their travel aspirations. We did this through engagement of practical teachings, mapping and taking action.

Cycling was found to be the favoured option for pupils, however, there are many barriers such as safety, not owning a bike and inability due to younger siblings. 68.4% of pupils stated that safety was their biggest consideration for mode of transport to school. Additionally public transport was seen as “dirty”, expensive and less safe than a car as well as being perceived to making you late. Following the project there was an increase in desire of action to be taken for more sustainable travel. Multiple ideas such as car sharing and walking buses are being put forward and implemented.

Achievement

16 schools involved across 4 boroughs

1386 pupils engaged

133.5 hours of citizen science and learning over 89 lessons

10 schools fitted with green screens

Testimonial

“To discuss these things with children is important because we will be the adults from tomorrow driving those cars and making pollution”

St Johns Fisher Pupil

“It was really surprising how many cars there were”

St Stephens Pupil