Early Years Resources
Transport. Traffic. Travel. All unavoidable in any young person’s life. Options on how to travel vary according to where we live and where we need to go. There are noisy, polluting, uncomfortable, expensive and slow ways to move. There are fast, clean, comfortable, cheap and healthy routes from A to B. All modes have an impact on the health of individuals, the environment and the community. The goal is to make those impacts positive or, at the very least, less negative.
Project idea 1- Bicycle and scooter parking for all
Transport is a great topic area to get stuck into and there are loads of ways an Eco-Committee can make a difference. A simple but really effective project might involve the installation of a parking area for bicycles and scooters. This should be one that is covered and secure but also easy to access and big enough to meet the demand. Pupils can develop their research skills by looking up various options on the internet and practice their skills of persuasion in getting permission to locate the parking area in just the right spot.
Project idea 2 – Citizen science
Air pollution is affecting growing numbers of young people. Any project that seeks to reduce traffic and emissions will help but sometimes we need to gather hard evidence of the problem to campaign for bigger changes. An Eco-Committee could get involved in the citizen science movement by recording air pollution levels in their neighbourhood. The data could be used to create news stories and reports to take to decision-makers in local or national government to make the case for better sustainable transport policy.
We’ve linked up with the team at Modeshift to help schools take action on transport. Supported by the Department for Transport, STARS is the National School Travel Awards scheme that recognises schools that demonstrate excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel. The scheme encourages schools to join in a major effort to increase levels of sustainable and active travel improving the health and well-being of children and young people. Modeshift STARS is free for schools and taking part can form evidence for your Eco-Schools awards. Head to their website here to find out how you can get involved.
You can find a greener version of pretty much everything your school uses; pencils, carpets, uniforms, energy. Here you can investigate how you can ‘green’ your schoolInteractive Eco-School