Sefton schools can breathe easy with free air quality education. All schools can sign up until 30th June.
Schoolchildren across the city region can now access a free, interactive online resource to learn more about air quality and its impact on the community that has been developed by teachers at Sefton’s Eco Centre.
All city region schools are being offered free access to the subscription only sections of the Clean Air Crew website. Children will be able to access fun, interactive resources and games as well as a plethora of topic based curriculum resources.
The website and all resources have been designed and developed by teachers and environmental officers from the Southport Eco Centre and the local authority’s Energy and Environmental Management Team, in order to engage children on this important environmental issue and provide an innovative platform for teachers to embed the subject into their topic planning.
Air quality has been highlighted as one of the city region’s key environmental and health policies and it is hoped that the resource provides an accessible platform for engagement for all. Parents will be able to access home learning resources too so that everyone can understand how they can help improve air quality in our borough and why it is important.
Schools have got until 30th June to sign up at the Clean Air Crew website.
Schools will have access to the subscription education resources until April 2022 and many of the sites other features will remain public beyond this date.
Cllr Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services said: “Air quality is a key issue for the health of our community and the health of our planet. We have made progress in Sefton on the issue of air quality, but we can still improve. “We are currently in a climate emergency and any steps we can take to reduce our emissions will reduce our contribution to rising sea levels, rising temperatures and extreme weather. “The Clean Air Crew is a fantastic resource to help people understand the risks of poor air quality and how we can all make small changes that make a big impact.”
Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “Since I was first elected Mayor, tackling the climate crisis has been one of my top priorities and I was proud that we were the first Combined Authority in the country to declare a Climate Emergency in recognition of the scale of the challenge we face. “But it’s not something we can tackle alone and that’s why I launched the £500,000 Community Environment Fund: to empower local communities to take action to improve their local environment. Together, lots of small actions can help us make a big contribution to making our region cleaner, greener and more sustainable. “Tackling air pollution is one of our key challenges and this fantastic project is doing a brilliant job at raising awareness of the importance of clean air issue among Sefton’s pupils and parents.”
The project is being funded by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Community Environment Fund after a successful bid in 2020 and is delivered by the Eco-Centre in Southport.