Our Air Quality Superhero competition

Details of how to enter the competition are below

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:

  • If possible, travel to school by a sustainable means of transport: walking, cycling, scooting, etc. This will help reduce pollution emissions and your exposure to them and will also be good for your health.
  • If you must drive to school, please park some distance away (at least 100m)  from the school entrance.
  • Remember to switch your engine off when the car is stationary.

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)

  • Entrants must be aged 12 or under
  • They should create a superhero using our entry sheet below (if creating a model please send a photograph) including their superhero’s name and superpowers. Also importantly their name, age and contact details. If applying through schools – the child’s name and the school’s contact details are all that is necessary.
  • We will use entries as part of our promotional work including on social media, unless entrants indicate otherwise.
  • All entries should be sent to us BY POST to Air Quality Superhero Competition, Air Quality team, 135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, OX14 4SB
  • The deadline for all entries has been extended to September 2021.
  • The competition will be judged by our councillors.
  • Please note all prizes are non-exchangeable and non-transferable. No cash alternatives will be provided.

The winner and winner’s school

  • The winner will win a Micro scooter – they can choose the size and colour.
  • The winner’s school has the option to receive an anti-idling roadside banner incorporating the winner’s design.
  • All schools which send entries will get anti-idling stickers, posters and key rings

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.

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South Oxfordshire District Council
Environmental Protection Team
135 Eastern Avenue
Milton Park
OX14 4SB