Carlisle primary schools are being encouraged to support this year’s Clean Air Day (Thursday 20 June) by taking part in a Clean Air Superhero competition.
Clean Air Day will see schools, hospitals, workplaces and communities across the UK run events to inspire people to take simple steps to protect their health, and their family’s health, from air pollution.
Carlisle City Council is supporting the campaigning event by encouraging local communities to make pledges and by running an artwork competition for local primary schools - challenging them to design their very own Clean Air Superhero. Schools can download key resources for KS1 and KS2 to promote class room activities and even organise their own Clean Air Day event by visiting www.cleanairday.org.uk
Schools taking part can send their entries to Carlisle City Council’s Environmental Health team for entry into a competition. Artwork should be clearly marked with the child’s name, age, and school. Unfortunately the council won’t be able to return individual artwork.
The competition has been split into larger and smaller school entry. Smaller schools are classed as less than 150 FT pupils.
Local businesses have kindly offered their support by providing prizes for the competition. These include, two bikes for the two winning entries donated by REBIKE, Denton Holme, Carlisle. Runners up prizes include Cycle Helmets have also been donated by Halfords Carlisle. The City Council is also working in partnership with Better Leisure (GLL) to provide the winning schools with a cycle track experience and Stagecoach Cumbria and North Lancashire have also donated a family explorer ticket.
Cllr Nigel Christian, Portfolio holder for Environment and Transport, said:
"Clean Air Day is about practical action and awareness raising, so we can all breathe cleaner air. If we all took a few or only one of the actions backed by Public Health experts in the Clean Air Day campaign, we would improve the air quality in our homes and help to improve the environment: it’s good for us and the planet.
“We’re encouraging local schools to support this year’s Clean Air Day by taking part in our Clean Air Superhero competition. There are some great prizes to be won, all kindly donated by local businesses.”
Clean Air Day gives every school, hospital, workplace and community free access to cutting edge advice on avoiding and tackling local air pollution, through www.cleanairday.org.uk
Air pollution affects us all from our first breathe to our last and harms the health of millions. There are lots of simple things we can do to improve air quality and look after our own and other people’s health.
Clean Air Day is the UK’s biggest air pollution campaign. It’s a chance to find out more about air pollution, share information and make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone.
Clean Air Day is coordinated by environmental change charity Global Action Plan and supported by over 200 health institutions, Councils, Universities, the Royal College of Physicians, the British Lung Foundations and various NHS Trusts.