We’ve launched a competition for primary school children to design a hero with superpowers to tackle air pollution.
We will be giving the winner of our competition a Micro scooter* and air quality posters, keyrings and stickers to those schools who take part.
The superhero can be drawn or created as a model (possibly from items destined for the recycling). The judges are looking for a hero who can easily get about without using a car and whose powers can help make our air cleaner and clearer.
Air pollution is created from pollutants getting into the air. Petrol and diesel vehicles emit pollutants from their exhaust pipes into the air. Increased traffic means increased air pollution.
These air pollutants are linked to a higher chance of developing lung cancer, heart disease, asthma, coughs and bronchitis, particularly in vulnerable people such as older people and children.
Some measures you can take to reduce pollution levels at school gates are:
The competition is part of the council’s air quality campaign called Turn It off which is primarily aimed at drivers who let their vehicles’ engines idle while they are waiting for passengers.
According to information from DEFRA, if a vehicle engine is turned off and restarted after a minute or more this will result in less pollution than if the vehicle was idling for that time.
The competition (*terms and conditions)
The winner and winner’s school
Want to know more about air quality?
Please see the Oxfordshire Air Quality website for more information on air quality in the district, including monitoring data and the council’s Action Plan to tackle air pollution.