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Schools can breathe easy with free air quality education

by Cathy Sheel

Primary school teachers, pupils and parents across Knowsley can access a free, interactive website to learn more about air quality and its impact on our communities.

All Knowsley schools are being offered free access to the subscription only sections of the Clean Air Crew website in an initiative funded by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Community Environment Fund.

Children will be able to enjoy fun, interactive games and teachers will have access to lots 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 to engage children on this important environmental issue and provide an innovative platform for teachers to use in their lessons.

Air quality has been highlighted as a major issue for the region, and it is hoped that the website will raise awareness and encourage more engagement from children and families. Parents will be able to access home learning resources too so that everyone can understand how they can help improve air quality across the region and why it is important.

Schools have until 30 September to sign up at www.cleanaircrew.co.uk.

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 as a legacy.

 Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said:

“Air quality is a key issue for the health of our community and the health of our planet. Last year Knowsley declared a climate emergency, so any steps we can take to reduce our emissions will have a real impact on our environment and make it a safer place for our children. 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, and I encourage parents to make sure their children’s schools get involved.”

 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 our region’s pupils and parents.”