PUPILS from Sciennes Primary School in Edinburgh helped Clean Air Day Scotland celebrate its fifth birthday – with a call for motorists to leave the car at home when the campaign takes place on 17th June.
Sciennes is one of 12 in the city to run a ‘school street,’ where the road outside is shut to vehicles at certain times during the school day to encourage children to walk and cycle, improving their health and reducing exposure to air pollution from vehicles.
EPS trustee and Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Frank Ross, helped Sciennes’ primary six Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSO’s) Eilidh Mowbray, Amy Yang, both aged 10, Rory Smith, aged 11, and a group of primary seven pupils launch the annual campaign in their Sciennes Road ‘school street.’
Also in attendance was the Sciennes Primary’s depute headteacher Lucy Gallagher, teacher Gregor Hutchison, Caroline McKellar, co-chair of the school PTA, and John Bynorth from EPS, which is coordinating the campaign on behalf of the Scottish Government.
The pupils were presented with the first ever Clean Air Day colouring book – a collaboration between Environmental Protection Scotland and art students from across Scotland – which has drawings for children to bring to life on an air pollution and environmental theme.
On 17th June, people are being encouraged to walk or cycle, rather than use the car, particularly on the school run or for other shorter trips to schools and supermarkets. The campaign also encourages people to consider walking or cycling less polluted side streets and to consider the purchase of an Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle.
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