Help Brum breathe – get walking this autumn
Why not do Birmingham’s air quality and your health a big favour this autumn by finding alternative ways to travel than by car?
More than 900 people a year in our city die of health problems related to air pollution, and one of the biggest culprits is car emissions. Road vehicles contribute around 80% of the total nitrogen dioxide pollution in our air. So the fewer local journeys made by car, the better health for all of us and future generations.
October is International Walk to School Month which takes place each autumn to encourage children and their parents and carers to make use of the last decent weather of the year by walking more often.
Cars ‘idling’ standing still with engines running is a big factor in air pollution. And Walk to School Month is a great opportunity for schools and community groups to take a ‘No Idling’ message out to the school gates and to their friends and family.
Parents and carers
Why not make to walk to school even more fun with one of our downloadable I spy and scavenger hunt sheets.
Ask if your child’s school is part of the ModeShift STARS scheme. In the scheme’s travel plan there are ‘clean air’ activities for teachers to run contribute to accreditation for excellence in travel, which can bring priority access to grant funding opportunities.
You could also use the No Idling downloadable toolkit that was put together for National Clean Air Day in June.
Other reasons to support Walk to School Month:
- You’ll increase your daily steps by plotting a walking route to school.
- You can start collecting Brum Breathes Better Points when you pledge to cut car emissions – to exchange for High Street vouchers.
- More ideas for getting out and about on foot – including busting negative myths about walking to school from the Living Streets charity that supports everyday walking.