Symonds Environmental Science students recently won the ‘Best Campaign Plan to Improve Air Quality’ competition, as part of HCC’s My Journey campaign, encouraging local nurseries, schools and colleges to consider the resultant health impacts from their own travel choices.

Air Quality Robbie Barnes, Jane Banks, Tilly Bray and Michael Stuckey

The competition win comes at a poignant time as media coverage about the UK’s air pollution issue is consistently in the spotlight. In February, The European Commission stated that the UK has two months to address "persistent breaches" of air pollutants - specifically nitrogen dioxide - after it issued a "final warning". With this in mind, Peter Symonds students are keen to do their part to reduce the problem.

The winning proposal opened with: “The effects attributed to air pollution are not only of environmental concern but pose a growing public health problem, with around 40,000 deaths as result of exposure to outdoor air pollution. The effects are inescapable for each one of us every time we take a breath.”

The proposal included recommendations for students to formulate an Air Quality Control Committee, present the competition findings to all Peter Symonds students to raise awareness of the problem and motivate change in staff lifestyles and behaviour by conducting an air quality awareness day.

Tilly Bray and Michael Stuckey from the winning team stated “We, at Peter Symonds College, are ideally placed to make a difference, with over 4000 students taken from a vast catchment area. This provides us not only with a huge problem to do with transport but also a melting pot of creativity from which to draw locally appropriated solutions.”

Students have already started their campus-wide air quality campaign of which they are hoping to see a change in the college’s impact on air quality in the coming months. They end their proposal by affirming: “We aim for this year’s proposal to be a platform for next year’s budding pioneers of air quality control.”

Posted on 27/03/17 at 09:11

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