Four Mole Valley schools were recently selected to participate in an Air Quality Programme which included workshops and a bespoke theatre production.
The main aim of the events was to raise awareness of the health issues associated with poor air quality and to inform the students that everyone can do something to help reduce air pollution. The Programme is part of the Air Quality Campaign which reached over 2,000 students across 40 schools in Surrey and was funded jointly by Surrey County Council and the local districts and boroughs.
The drama production “Abbie Ayre and the Shed of Science” explored sustainable modes of transport and key air pollution contributors. Through song, dance and games, the production demonstrated the importance of everyone making small changes to help reduce air pollution. Together they explored the benefits of walking rather than using cars.
Councillor Claire Malcomson, Cabinet Member for Environment, took a part in the workshop at St Paul’s CofE Primary School in Dorking on Tuesday 25 February.
After the successful event, she said: “It is extremely important to make young people aware of the consequences of air pollution. If everyone takes little steps towards improving air quality, together we can really make a difference. The theatre production was a wonderful way to engage with students and talk about key environmental issues in a fun way. I was delighted to be part of this fantastic initiative.
“The environment is a priority for Mole Valley District Council. In June 2019 we declared a Climate Emergency and committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2030. We have been working with the Carbon Trust to understand our own carbon footprint and are using that report as the basis for developing a climate change strategy. Our budget for 2020/21 provides £200,000 for specific actions to reduce our carbon footprint.”
More information on air pollution and how it impacts health can be found on the Healthy Surrey website.
Schools participating in the Air Quality Programme:
- Wed 5th February (AM) – St John’s CofE Community Primary School, Dorking
- Wed 5th February (PM) – Leatherhead Trinity School and Children’s Centre
- Tue 25th February (PM) – St Paul’s CofE Primary School, Dorking
- Mon 2nd March (PM) – St Peter’s Catholic Primary School, Leatherhead